The horrific murder in of year-old Bobby Franks in Chicago by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb inspired this acclaimed roman à clef. Meyer Levin (October 7, – July 9, ) was an American novelist. Perhaps best known Meyer wrote the novel Compulsion, inspired by the Leopold and Loeb case. The novel, for which Levin was given a Special Edgar Award by. In Compulsion, originally published in , Meyer Levin strives to answer a As Levin indicates in his preface, the narrator, Sid Singer, is a.
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But then, had not Artie secretly tried a dose once or twice before? This was the true enjoyment.
Brilliant and bored, they killed a young neighborhood boy just to see if they could get away with the crime. Publishers, Box Tel Aviv Israel. Even in Chicago of the twenties the old-country distinctions between German neyer Eastern Jewry were preserved.
Heavy on the psychological and social aspects. Surely all the worried mothers would be telephoning the Kesslers. After that it picked up, and met my expectations. Forse fu il fatto che il passato – e i traumi e le esperienze – di Judd e Levin sono diverse. It did make me want to read non-fiction about the actual murders, leivn.
And Leopold, though a darkly tortured soul, almost certainly conpulsion never have committed any crime at all—let alone murder—had he not met Loeb.
In he published The Reporterwhich was the first of his 16 novels.
Artie pulled the Willys up to the garage entrance. Compulsion is narrated by Sid Silver, a budding journalist at the University of Chicago and a fictional surrogate for Meyer Levin, who was a classmate of Cmopulsion and Loeb and reported on their trial himself; like Sid, Levin became enmeshed in the case while covering it. Levin also wrote a series of non-fiction and educational books about Judaism, Israel, and Jewish philosophy and literature; the illustrated Haggadah on which he worked is to this day a staple of Jewish ceremony during the Meyee holiday.
So the years passed. Their parents separated them.
Bedford, New York – Email: View all 12 comments. From the early documentary experimentation shown in The Reporter to the wildly satiric black humor of Gore and Igorfrom the industrial novel Citizens to the historic epic The SettlersLevin was attuned to changes in society and structured his work for the times while never compromising his own inner vision.
As you know doubt know by this time your son has been kidnapped.
Meyer Levin – Wikipedia
Libro davvero molto bello che aiuta a riflettere su: In a strange way, their single crime encapsulates the moral anarchy that was responsible for so many millions of deaths, in war and revolution and Holocaust, during the 20th century.
Most Helpful Most Recent. See also Leopold and Loeb trial. Non lo nomina mai. Artie is all bluff, a wiseass.
Judd was the follower, Artie the leader.
Compulsion – Fig Tree Books
Ora, siamo nel Hey, I forgot to tell you, Jocko. They are the sons of millionaires and live a life of luxury as neighbors in a wealthy section of Chicago.
Where was the superman conception? Want to Read saving…. Jan 10, Melki rated it liked it Shelves: Many of the fellows were making notes—especially those who were taking the Harvard Law entrance tomorrow. He had almost got out of the Law building when he felt the thick paw on his arm.
Of course, it’s hard to know where Levin is just presenting the way the characters would think and saying something that he himself believes. The victim, Robert Franks, was the son of an equally wealthy family who lived in the community. Ina year after he completed In Searchwe would move back to the States, taking up residence in New York City, where soon thereafter my father began working on Compulsion.
This story is based on a true incident and Meyer Levin has caught it all in his novel. That doesn’t make the book any less, well, compelling, than it was when first written.
It’s not how smart you are, but how good you are and what good deeds you do. Then Artie told him to take Ellis Avenue. Artie had been superb. When the young son of another neighbor, also a millionaire, is found stuff Two eighteen year-old boys, Judd Steiner and Artie Strauss, are both brilliant, meyeer graduated from the University of Chicago already.