Rosemary’s Baby

Ira Levin

10-03-23

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10-03-23

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Horror

Description

“Every novel [Ira Levin] has ever written has been a marvel of plotting. He is the Swiss watchmaker of the suspense novel.” Stephen King

An Esquire pick of the 50 Best Mysteries of All Time

The genre-defining classic that ushered in the era of modern horror  

One of the best-selling books of all time, Rosemary’s Baby is a foundational work of suspense and psychological horror which remains as powerful and chilling as the day it was written. Hailed by Truman Capote as a “darkly brilliant tale” and adapted with near-total fidelity into the monumental film starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes, Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby ushered in the era of contemporary horror as we know it, opening the floodgates to later works such as The Exorcist and The Omen. Levin ingeniously fused gothic literary tradition with modern-day New York, creating an enduring classic which the New York Times placed on its recent list of The 25 Most Significant New York City Novels From the Last 100 Years.

Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling-actor husband Guy are thrilled to move into the Bramford, a sought-after Manhattan apartment building prized for its Victorian details and gargoyled facade. Yet as they learn of a darker side to the building’s history—and become acquainted with their overly attentive neighbors, the Castevets—unspoken tensions enter into the young couples’ relationship. Matters improve when Guy lands a major role, and Rosemary at last becomes pregnant. But as her pregnancy takes frightening turns, Rosemary begins to question if her neighbors’ heightened interest is strictly innocent, or if their motivations—and those of Guy himself—portend terrifying consequences for her, and her unborn child. Is Rosemary “…going mad, or going sane”?

Foreword by Chuck Palahniuk. Afterword by R. L. Stine.

Praise

“Every novel [Ira Levin] has ever written has been a marvel of plotting. He is the Swiss watchmaker of the suspense novel.” Stephen King

“Suspense is beautifully intertwined with everyday incidents; the delicate line between belief and disbelief is faultlessly drawn.” New York Times

“A darkly brilliant tale of modern deviltry that induces the reader to believe the unbelievable. I believed it and was altogether enthralled.” Truman Capote

“A succession of solid and quite legitimate surprises. The suspense is admirably sustained.” New Yorker

“There are books which document the culture and books that create it, and Rosemary’s Baby is both.” Chuck Palahniuk, award-winning author of Fight Club

“Rosemary’s Baby is an all-time classic, a canonical book all suspense writers need to read for their survival and all other people should read just because.” Chicago Tribune

“Suspicion. Fear. A dark secret at the core of the narrative. Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby possesses all the elements of a great mystery.” Esquire

“What does it feel like to write the best thriller ever written? Only Ira Levin can answer that question.” R. L. Stine, bestselling author of the Goosebumps series

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Language English
Release Day Oct 2, 2023
Release Date October 3, 2023
Release Date Machine 1696291200
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Literature & Fiction, Classics, Horror, New Releases, Featured Classics
Author Bio
Ira Levin

The genre-defining works of novelist-playwright Ira Levin (1929–2007) include such indelible titles as Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives, The Boys from Brazil, and Deathtrap—the fifth longest-running play in Broadway history. At home in nearly every genre—horror (Rosemary’s Baby), crime (Edgar-winning A Kiss Before Dying), science fiction (This Perfect Day), comedy (No Time For Sergeants), even a Broadway musical (Drat! The Cat!)—Levin’s enduring works continue to resonate with readers and audiences, serving as iconic cultural and creative touchstones. Learn more at Levin’s official website, IraLevin.org.

Overview

An Esquire pick of the 50 Best Mysteries of All Time

The genre-defining classic that ushered in the era of modern horror  

One of the best-selling books of all time, Rosemary’s Baby is a foundational work of suspense and psychological horror which remains as powerful and chilling as the day it was written. Hailed by Truman Capote as a “darkly brilliant tale” and adapted with near-total fidelity into the monumental film starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes, Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby ushered in the era of contemporary horror as we know it, opening the floodgates to later works such as The Exorcist and The Omen. Levin ingeniously fused gothic literary tradition with modern-day New York, creating an enduring classic which the New York Times placed on its recent list of The 25 Most Significant New York City Novels From the Last 100 Years.

Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling-actor husband Guy are thrilled to move into the Bramford, a sought-after Manhattan apartment building prized for its Victorian details and gargoyled facade. Yet as they learn of a darker side to the building’s history—and become acquainted with their overly attentive neighbors, the Castevets—unspoken tensions enter into the young couples’ relationship. Matters improve when Guy lands a major role, and Rosemary at last becomes pregnant. But as her pregnancy takes frightening turns, Rosemary begins to question if her neighbors’ heightened interest is strictly innocent, or if their motivations—and those of Guy himself—portend terrifying consequences for her, and her unborn child. Is Rosemary “…going mad, or going sane”?

Foreword by Chuck Palahniuk. Afterword by R. L. Stine.