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Rosemary's Baby

Published: 29.04.2010, Updated: 03.03.2017

A supposedly haunted apartment is for rent. Would you want to become the next tenant? Why or why not?

In this excerpt from Ira Levin's novel Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are just married and looking for an apartment. They cannot believe their luck when they are offered one in the fashionable Bramford Building. But there is a catch ....

The Dakota Apartment Building. Photo.The Dakota Apartment Building 

While Edgar Allan Poe was the re-inventor of the Gothic  literary tradition, Ira Levin takes the tradition a step further – right into our time. Get ready to meet the newlyweds Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse who cannot believe their luck when offered the possibility to rent an apartment in the ancient, black Bramford building. The film version of Rosemary’s Baby is considered by many the best suspense movie ever made. It was shot in the Dakota Building. This building became a real crime scene when ex-Beatle John Lennon was assassinated in front of the south entrance.

In this excerpt from Rosemary’s Baby, Rosemary and her actor husband Guy cannot wait to tell their friend Huck about their tremendous luck.

The Jewish American author and playwright Ira Levin, was born in New York in 1929. From an early age he was fascinated by magic and the supernatural. When he died at 78, he had faithfully managed to give people the creeps for decades, by producing bestselling thrillers such as A Kiss Before Dying and Rosemary’s Baby. Most of his work is set in New York, the city that he knew so well.


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