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Ira Marvin Levin (August 27, 1929 – November 12, 2007) was an American novelist and dramatist.

While he worked in a number of genres in his career (his output even includes a Broadway musical), he is most associated with the Thriller. In particular, he excelled at stories that placed outlandish premises into realistic settings, with plenty of suspense but also heavy doses of Satire and Black Comedy. He's been praised by the likes of Stephen King and Chuck Palahniuk for his mastery of plotting and pacing.


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Ira Levin works with their own trope pages include:

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This author's other works include examples of:

  • Cerebus Syndrome: Except for the Noir-ish novel A Kiss Before Dying, his earliest successes were Broadway comedies. After Rosemary's Baby he switched to Thrillers with some Black Comedy elements.
  • Chekhov's Armoury: Probably one of the finer examples of this trope, he's famous for salting his books with loads of foreshadowing clues, many of which fly under the radar until the second (or third!) reading.
  • Trope Codifier: Arguably No Time for Sergeants for the comedic version of Southern-Fried Private.
  • You Have to Have Jews: Levin, himself a non-practicing agnostic Jew, generally slips a Jewish character into most of his work; perhaps as a dark joke, the Jewish character's usually doomed. (This is notably subverted in The Boys from Brazil.)

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