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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of this iconic masterpiece of psychological suspense, Suntup Editions is delighted to announce a fine press edition of The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin.
The idyllic village of Stepford, Connecticut is an affluent suburban town populated with successful, satisfied hubbies and their beautiful, dutiful wives. For photographer Joanna Eberhart, a recent arrival with her husband and two children, it all seems too perfect to be true–from the sweet, accommodating Welcome Wagon lady to all those cheerful, friendly faces in the supermarket checkout lines. But just beneath the town’s flawless surface, something is sordid and wrong–something abominable with roots in the local Men’s Association. And it may already be too late for Joanna to save herself from being devoured by Stepford’s hideous perfection.
A savage commentary on a media-driven society that values the pursuit of youth and beauty at all costs, The Stepford Wives is a novel so frightening in its final implications that the title itself has earned a place in the American lexicon. First published in September 1972, The Stepford Wives was referred to by one reviewer as “an extraordinary feminist horror novel. Ira Levin powerfully dramatizes women’s suburban alienation and men’s resistance to feminist change.”
The novel was adapted into two feature films, both using the same title as the novel: the 1975 version, and the 2004 remake.
Ira Levin completed work on The Stepford Wives in February 1972, and dedicated the novel to his sister, Eleanor (Ellie) Busman, and her husband Joe. This edition is dedicated to the memory of Eleanor (Ellie) Busman (1925-2021).
The edition includes an introduction written by Peter Straub in 2002. We were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Peter Straub and our thoughts are with his family.
The Numbered edition of 350 copies is a Bradel binding with a leather spine and cloth over boards. The spine is Italian patent leather with a high gloss embossed alligator pattern, evoking the style of fashion accessories of the era in which the novel is set. The inset cover label and endsheets are Canson Mi-Teintes paper. The edition is printed letterpress on Neenah 100% cotton paper and is housed in a cloth covered slipcase with a leather capped opening. This edition is signed by Peter Straub and Laurie Lee Brom.
Product info: PREORDER (ETA: Fall 2023), published by Suntup Editions