The Phantom of the Opera: Centennial Edition

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Penguin, Oct 1, 2001 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Filled with the spectacle of the Paris Opera House in the nineteenth century, this classic work of suspense remains a riveting journey into the dark regions of the human heart.

The tale begins as an investigation into the strange stories of an “Opera ghost,” legendary for scaring performers as they sit alone in their dressing rooms or walk along the building’s labyrinthine corridors. Some even think they’ve seen the ghost in evening clothes moving in the shadows. But it isn’t until the triumphant performance of beautiful soprano Christine Daaé that the Phantom begins his attacks—striking terror in the hearts of everyone in the theater. A story that has captured the imagination for a century, The Phantom of the Opera continues to this day as an unparalleled work of sheer entertainment.
 
With an Introduction by Dr. John L. Flynn
and an Afterword by J.R. Ward


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This was worth reading. I enjoyed comparing this version to the movies & Broadway version. While I enjoyed the story and found it so much more believable than the latest movie's version, what I gained ... Read full review

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Book on CD narrated by Alexander Adams Is there anyone left on the planet who doesn’t know this storyline? Christine Daaé is elevated from the ranks of the chorus to opera star, thanks to the private ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page Copyright Page Introduction
Is It the Ghost?
The New Margarita
The Mysterious Reason
Box Five
The Encfianted Violin
A visit to Box Five
Faust and what Followed
christine Christine
Mme Girys Astounding Revelations as to Her Personal Relations
The SafetyPin Again
The Commissary The Viscount and the Persian
The Viscount and the Persian
In the Cellars of the Opera
Interesting and Instructive Vicissitudes of a Persian in
In the Torture Chamber

The Mysterious Brougham
At the Masked Ball
Forget the Name of the Mans Voice
Above the TrapDoors
Apollos Lyre
A MasterStroke of the TrapDoor Lover
The Singular Attitude of a SafetyPin
The Tortures Begin
Barrels Barrels Any Barrels to Sell?
Which?
The End of the Ghosts Love Story
Epilogue
PUBLISHERS NOTE ON THE PARIS OPERA HOUSE FROM
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Gaston Leroux (1868-1927) was a French journalist, playwright, and detective/thriller writer. After beginning his career as a crime reporter and war correspondent, he lived an adventurous life that took him to Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and even into North Africa disguised as an Arab. His high-spirited, often dangerous, escapades and questioning nature provided much of the background and plot material for his sensational mystery and adventure stories, particularly those starring his reporter/sleuth Joseph Rouletabille. One of his most famous detective novels, The Mystery of the Yellow Room, was published in 1907. His works have been called “among the finest examples of the detective stories we possess.” But Leroux’s best-known story is The Phantom of the Opera (1911), whose macabre hero has been played in films by classic horror film stars Lon Chaney and Claude Rains. 
 
Dr. John L. Flynn is a Chicago-born author, university professor, psychologist, and science-fiction enthusiast. Among his published words are Cinematic Vampires, Dissecting Aliens, Visions in Light and Shadow, and Phantoms of the Opera. A lifelong fan of Gaston Leroux, Dr. Flynn was inspired to write his definitive study of the Opera Ghost after seeing Michael Crawford on Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical. In 1997, he switched gears from writing and literature to study clinical psychology. Today, he lives in Baltimore and is a department chair at Baltimore City Community College.

J. R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. With millions of copies of her books in print, she is at the forefront of the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genre.


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