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Corsair republishes Levin
21.09.10 | Benedicte Page
Constable & Robinson imprint Corsair is to publish four out-of-print novels, including The Stepford Wives, by the late American writer Ira Levin, who died in 2007. A new production of Levin's play "Deathtrap", a comic thriller, has just opened in London starring Simon Russell Beale.
Corsair will bring out editions of The Stepford Wives, Rosemary's Baby, A Kiss Before Dying and The Boys from Brazil in B format in May and June 2011.
The books will carry new introductions by Chuck Palahniuk and Chelsea Cain, both Levin fans.
Corsair publisher James Gurbutt said: "Ira Levin was the biggest thriller writer of the 1970s, in the words of Stephen King: 'The Swiss watchmaker of the suspense novel.' His books are really readable and the ones we are publishing are the 'big four'. They should appeal to people who were not even born when the novels were first published."
Palahniuk is providing the introductions to The Stepford Wives—Levin's novel about a suburban American Eden populated with eerily dutiful and submissive women—and Rosemary's Baby, the classic horror tale in which a young woman becomes pregnant by the devil, famously filmed by Roman Polanski.
A Kiss Before Dying was Levin's début novel, about a young man prepared to risk his fiancée's life to secure her fortune, while The Boys from Brazil tells of Dr Josef Mengele, alive and hiding in South America, attempting to restore the Third Reich.