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Meyer Levin (October 7, 1905 – July 9, 1981) was an American novelist, known for his work on the Leopold and Loeb case and the writing of The Diary of a Young Girl.
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. 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").
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