“Ingenious . . . breathless suspense.”—The Nation
Gaston Leroux, born in Paris in 1868, was a French journalist, playwright, and detective/thriller writer. 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, and 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 film by classic horror film stars Lon Chaney and Claude Rains. Leroux died in Nice in 1927.
Mireille Ribière is a freelance author and translator. She holds a PhD in twentieth-century French literature from the University of London and is a well-known specialist of the work of French writer Georges Perec. She has published extensively in the fields of twentieth century literature, as well as photography and the visual arts.
Best choice of cast for play. 2 different types of voices made the story sooooo... real. Thanks Andrew. I'm singing along.Published 21 months ago by Lillian Knudson
My daughter wanted to read this and loves it immensely. A++++++++, highly recommended for anyone who loves to read books.Published on June 6, 2013 by Heather
I think that Penguin Classics does a superb job in translating classics, so I bought this Mireille Ribiere translation of Gaston Leroux's famous "Phantom of the Opera". Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Alberta Einsteinium
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Amazing story, so much better than anything that has been captured on screen or stage under the same name well worth the time to read.Published on November 15, 2012 by David L Proctor