Meyer Levin

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Meyer Levin (October 7, 1905 – July 9, 1981) was an American novelist, known for works on the Leopold and Loeb case and the Anne Frank case.

Meyer wrote the 1956 novel Compulsion inspired by the Leopold and Loeb case. The novel, for which Levin was given a Special Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America in 1957, was the basis for Levin's own 1957 play adaptation and the 1959 film based on it, starring Orson Welles.[1] Compulsion was "the first 'documentary' or 'non-fiction novel' ("a style later used in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood and Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song").[2]



  • The Reporter (1929)
  • Frankie and Johnny (1930)
  • Yehuda (1931)
  • The Golden Mountain: Marvelous Tales of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem and of his

Great-Grandson, Rabbi Nachman, Retold from Hebrew, Yiddish and German Sources (1932)

Autobiographical works[edit]


  • Beginnings in Jewish Philosophy
  • The Story of Israel
  • An Israel Haggadah for Passover
  • The Story of the Synagogue
  • The Story of the Jewish Way of Life

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jake Hinkson (October 19, 2012). "Leopold and Loeb Still Fascinate 90 Years Later". Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Meyer Levin's Compulsion": article by Steve Powell in "The Venetian Vase of September 21, 2012

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