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Published: 08 March 2012

320 Pages


ISBN: 9780199694570

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The Phantom of the Opera

Gaston Leroux
David Coward

Oxford World's Classics

  • A new translation of Leroux's classic Gothic melodrama, the original novel behind Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical.
  • A terrific story set in the Paris Opera House, that combines mystery, crime, adventure, detection, and tortured love, in a sparkling translation from the prize-winning editor and translator of Dumas.
  • The only edition to combine a new translation and full editorial material which sheds light on aspects of the novel that intrigue readers.
  • The introduction considers Leroux's life and career, the serialized fiction genre of which he was the last great exponent, and makes a case for the book as a work of considerable literary craft.
  • Appendix on the construction of the Paris Opera helps set the novel in its architectural context.
  • Notes explain allusions and provide illuminating contextual information.

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