Level 7

TitleLevel 7
Year for Search1959
AuthorsRoshwald, Mordecai [Marceli](1921-2015)
Date Published1959
PublisherWilliam Heinemann
Place PublishedLondon
KeywordsMale author, US author
Annotation

Dystopia in which the U.S. government, preparing for nuclear war, builds many fallout shelters at various levels, with level one for civilians, and others for the elite, government officials, and the military. Level 7 is the deepest and designed for those who will push the buttons to send the missiles. The novel is presented as a diary by X-127, one of the button-pushers, and presents the society created. When the war comes, apparently accidentally with automated responses on both sides, the world is destroyed and the shelters all fail.

Additional Publishers

U.S. ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, [1960]. U.K. ed. rpt. London: New English Library, 1962; London: Allison & Busby, 1981. Chicago, IL: Lawrence Hill Books, 1989; and ed. David Seed. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004. 

Info Notes

J[ohn] B[oynton] Priestley (1894-1984) adapted the novel as the last of second series of Out of the Unknown television anthology series broadcast in 1966 and 1967. The Ohio State University Library holds an unpublished screenplay by Millard Lampell. London: Contemporary Productions, 1963. 

Holding Institutions

DLC, L, PSt

Author Note

U.S. author (1921-2015) born in Poland who also lived in Israel. He was a Professor of Humanities at the University of Minnesota.

Full Text

1959 Roshwald, Mordecai [Marceli] (1921-2015). Level 7. London: William Heinemann. U.S. ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, [1960]. U.K. ed. rpt. London: New English Library, 1962; London: Allison & Busby, 1981. Chicago, IL: Lawrence Hill Books, 1989; and ed. David Seed. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004. J[ohn] B[oynton] Priestley (1894-1984) adapted the novel as the last of second series of Out of the Unknown television anthology series broadcast in 1966 and 1967. The Ohio State University Library holds an unpublished screenplay by Millard Lampell. London: Contemporary Productions, 1963. DLC, L, PSt

Dystopia in which the U.S. government, preparing for nuclear war, builds many fallout shelters at various levels, with level one for civilians, and others for the elite, government officials, and the military. Level 7 is the deepest and designed for those who will push the buttons to send the missiles. The novel is presented as a diary by X-127, one of the button-pushers, and presents the society created. When the war comes, apparently accidentally with automated responses on both sides, the world is destroyed and the shelters all fail. U.S. author born in Poland who also lived in Israel. He was a Professor of Humanities at the University of Minnesota.