Several motion picture adaptations (the first in 1925) and stage adaptations have kept French author Gaston Leroux’s original novel Le Fantome de l’Opera (The Phantom of the Opera) alive in the minds of readers throughout the world for over eight decades. Published in 1996, The Essential “Phantom of the Opera”: The Definitive Annotated Edition of Gaston Leroux’s Classic Novel, edited by Leonard Wolf is merely one of numerous, more recent editions published in the United States since the first English translation appeared in 1911. Through the book and its...
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