In 1967, Ira Levin was already, by most anyone’s standards, a very, very successful writer. At 21, he’d sold two TV scripts to NBC; soon after, a Broadway play garnered a Tony nod and his first novel—in which a ruthless young man murders his pregnant lover—won the 1954 Edgar Award. But with every hit came a flop, and success always seemed to come with a cost—a theme rooted deeply in all his best works, especially Limited Ftc Classic Scarf Cashmere Grau Rosemary’s Baby.
A hit novel turned iconic film, Rosemary’s Baby was a massive success that, according to half a century of pop-culture lore, is also cursed. Did Levin’s tale of lapsed-Christian Rosemary, who unknowingly carries and births the devil in return for her actor husband’s stage success, really jinx all those who got near it? And if so, why did Levin himself stay so seemingly unscathed?
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