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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To see things from another area of knowledge, from a fourth dimension which none of them could enter. It did make me want to read non-fiction about the actual murders, though.

But as he took hold of the door handle, Judd noticed a few small, dark blotches. Judd could not help, now, tickling the outstretched arm. In another sense too, the Loeb-Leopold case belongs more to the ’50’s than the ’20’s when it was a singular, and shocking phenomenon; today crimes such as this, “”a crime for crime’s sake”” or a compu,sion in a vacuum”” has become something of a commonplace.

Commpulsion grande potenza perturbante dell’omicidio di Leopold e Loeb sta fondamentalmente nell NelRichard Leopold e Nathan Loeb uccisero meher quattordicenne Bobby Franks, motivandolo con l’idea di voler compiere il delitto perfetto. Books by Meyer Levin. Those passages are based on the expert testimony in the case, which recounted statements made by both Leopold and Loeb during their psychiatric examinations.

The murderers unsurprisingly have a lot of issues with women, but unfortunately the women in the book seem there to act out the weird ideas. View compulsioon 12 comments. Directly in front of Judd, Levln Lewis was feverishly putting it all down, the hairs standing disgustingly on his fleshy, bent neck.

Certain crimes seem to epitomize the thinking of their era””- and this is a documentary novel of the Loeb-Leopold case which brought into play the “”psychoanalytical point of view”” of our time, much as Dreiser’s American Tragedy represented the sociological view of his.

Within those first 45 minutes the narrator repeated his last line on 3 different occasions that I could catch ; twice using the same tone as before, and once changing it.

Artie is all bluff, a wiseass. Thus, the flash idea came to Judd that fourth-dimensional activities could be taking place within and through all human activity, and leaving no trace.


To be above, beyond mundane conception, a crime had to be without need, without any of the emotional human drives of lust, hatred, greed. He had brought along a small roll of gummed stationery tape, and now he tried to tape the letter to the underside of the lid. This rare complementary coupling of damaged psyches that resulted in the commission of an atrocity neither one would likely have committed alone is captured beautifully by Meyer Levin.

The maid came out of the house to ask if Cook should fix lunch for the two of them. But he had as well performed as a puppeteer, reported from Spain during the Spanish Civil War, worked as a film critic for Esquiretranslated from the Yiddish a selection of classic Hassidic tales, written a screenplay, and filmed, against all odds, the illegal immigration across Europe of Jewish Holocaust survivors to the shores of Palestine.

Compulsion is a credible portrait of an era, and an early example of an infamous crime turned into compelling fiction.

Finally found the book. Judd ruled it all out, out from his mind. And afterwards, Judd had commpulsion of the real place, the perfect receptacle for the body. Jan 11, Sonali V added it.


Artie took the wheel and backed out with a roar. And the court of public opinion influences every aspect of the case. Not to free them, but to fight for their lives. The novel, for which Levin was given a Special Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America inwas the basis for Levin’s own play adaptation and the film based on it, starring Orson Welles.

Three decades had passed since he had attended the University of Chicago, his own undergraduate years levih with those of Leopold and Loeb, where he had reported on the sensational trial as a cub reporter for the Chicago Daily News. Paperbackpages. So the years passed. They had everything still to do. Conquering the sickening repugnance that blood always raised in him, Judd looked into the rear of the car. Though these two highly intelligent young men—one Loeb an obsessive reader of true-crime detective stories—planned the crime for the better part of a year, they made so many glaring mistakes in covering their tracks compulaion some have hypothesized that they wanted to get caught.

And just as this car, this shell of metal that contained their deed of yesterday, had been left a totally unaltered entity by the deed, so was the deed meaningless within themselves. The investigation takes a little time to come, but it is so well led! Per dimostrare l’uno all’altro, e quindi al mondo, di non essere mollaccioni.


Won this from Firstreads. E infine le strategie dei due collegi di avvocati, della accusa e della difesa, scelti data la posizione sociale degli accusati fra le eccellenze dell’epoca. Be the first to discover new talent!

Compulsion by Meyer Levin

To ask other readers questions about Compulsionplease sign up. La giurisprudenza, per la prima volta, dovette fare ricorso alla psicanali Chicago, anni ‘ He had married, divorced, and remarried shortly after the compulison of World War II and in the late forties settled in Paris where he would work on his autobiography, In Searchwhich apart from describing growing up in the bloody Nineteenth Ward of Chicago and early jaunts to Europe and Palestine, dealt at length with his harrowing experiences entering the death camps as a war correspondent ahead of the American troops.

Ultimately, Judd and Artie are caught and they confess and are put on trial, which is when the parents arrange for Wilk to defend them. When Judd and Artie are finally apprehended, midpoint into the novel, we witness a wrenching moment of recognition, comuplsion rather of double recognition: How to make the ransom collection foolproof had been the problem.


All this works with brio under his pen! Many see his relationship with Judd as one comoulsion pity for the small, weird boy who no one else likes. The only criticism I have would be the last 50 pages or so were slow, Other than that, I highly recommend “Compulsion”. For nearly a century now, the Leopold and Loeb case has maintained a firm hold on the popular imagination, generating histories, movies, stage dramas, even musicals and comic books.

Per collocare contesto e sostanza qui basti qualche coordinata temporale: This was a crime for its own sake. Judd meher the pocket of his sports jacket. An myer treasure hunt in reverse! They even came to our tennis court—wanted to know if the kid had been playing with Billy!