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The Bad Seed by William March

The Bad Seed (1954)

by William March

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Young mother discovers her 8-year-old daughter is a murdering psychopath. Interesting. ( )
  margaretfield | Jun 17, 2018 |
Being a fan of the 1956 movie starring Patty McCormack and Nancy Kelly, I have wanted to read The Bad Seed by William March for a long time. I finally requested it from my excellent local library. It had to come from a different library in the system, about a hundred miles away. I found it very satisfying, and the movie was very close to the book, except for the ending, which had to be altered to a "crime does not pay" scenario for fifties audiences. A 1986 made-for-TV color version, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Blair Brown is reported to be closer to the book version and stage play, but I have not seen that movie yet. The book was a real page-turner, with chilling references to actual child murderers. The premise of the book, that murderous tendencies can be passed down via heredity, has been disproved, but the origin of sociopathy is still not certain, even today. The book contained many interesting facts about the author, stage play and 1956 movie in the forward and appendix. The little girl, Rhoda Penmark, reminded me strongly of Cathy Trask in John Steinbeck's East of Eden. ( )
  Patricia_Winters | Jan 10, 2018 |
Love the movie, loved the play , love this book! ( )
  Juliasb | Dec 1, 2016 |
I was surprised at how well this held up - although it's very 1950s in its details, it's still a fascinating psychological study. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Jul 31, 2016 |
Terribly written and supremely boring. ( )
  Michael.Xolotl | Nov 11, 2015 |
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Kamp, Lawrence S.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Later that summer, when Mrs. Penmark looked back and remembered, when she was caught up in despair so deep that she knew there was no way out, no solution whatever for the circumstances that encompassed her, it seemed to her that June seventh, the day of the Fern Grammar School picnic, was the day of her last happiness, for never since then had she known contentment or felt peace.
Nell'estate inoltrata, quando la signora Penmark, in preda a una disperazione così profonda da non avere via d'uscita alle circostanze che la opprimevano, si guardò indietro nel tempo, le parve che il sette giugno, giorno del picnic della scuola Fern, fosse l'ultimo della sua felicità, perche da allora non aveva provato mai più contentezza o pace.
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'Ik was de schuldige,' dacht ze weer. 'Ik droeg het zaad des verderfs.' (Utrecht/Antwerpen: A.W. Bruna & Zoon, p. 170)
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This record is for the novel "The Bad Seed." Do not combine with the film or the script of the same name.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060795484, Paperback)

Now reissued – William March's 1954 classic thriller that's as chilling, intelligent and timely as ever before. This paperback reissue includes a new P.S. section with author interviews, insights, features, suggested reading and more.

What happens to ordinary families into whose midst a child serial killer is born? This is the question at the center of William march's classic thriller. After its initial publication in 1954, the book went on to become a million–copy bestseller, a wildly successful Broadway show, and a Warner Brothers film. The spine–tingling tale of little Rhoda Penmark had a tremendous impact on the thriller genre and generated a whole perdurable crop of creepy kids. Today, The Bad Seed remains a masterpiece of suspense that's as chilling, intelligent, and timely as ever before.

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From "The Omen" to "The Good Son", American pop culture has produced a legion of "bad seed" spinoffs. For his novel, William March draws on actual case histories to explore a serious question: What happens to ordinary families into whose midst a criminal is born? Featuring a cast of memorable characters, "The Bad Seed" is a solid suspense story that's more chilling, more intelligent, and far more absorbing that its Hollywood namesake.… (more)

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