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The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
“The Phantom of the Opera” is a French novel by writer Gaston Leroux that was originally published in 1909 as a serial in a magazine called Le Gaulois. The novel was based on real historical events at the Paris Opera that took place during the 1800s and urban legends of the region.
The story centers on a young singer named Christine, her childhood friend and current lover the Vicomte de Chagny and a man called "The Phantom" who haunts the Paris Opera. Shortly after Christine makes her opera debut, the house managers begin to receive strange letters from someone calling themselves the 'Phantom of the Opera' who threatens to curse them if they don't put it at the top of their series. Faust.
It is revealed throughout the book that Christine heard a strange voice speaking to her and singing to her in her dressing room. One night, she is kidnapped and brought by a strange man wearing a mask to his underground lair by a lake. Raoul must find her and save her. The strange man gives her an ultimatum of marriage with him or death.
The book has been adapted several times, including a 1925 film and a highly successful musical by playwright Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1986. It went on to make Broadway history and made billions of dollars in ticket sales.
Set in a medieval castle on the Côte d’Azur, this classic locked room mystery reunites journalist-turned-detective Joseph Rouletabille; Mathilde Stangerson, daughter of a famed French-American scientist; and master of disguise Frédéric Larsan.
Stangerson and her sweetheart Robert Darzac have just married and taken up residence in the Square Tower of the Fort of Hercules when Larsan strikes again. The attack leaves Stangerson frightened and confused, not only because she thought her nemesis dead, but also because she cannot figure out how he entered and escaped her room without notice. Only one man is capable of matching wits with Larsan, but when Rouletabille arrives in the South of France to investigate, he finds himself drawn deeper into his own past and his memories of a mysterious woman in black.
Best known as the creator of The Phantom of the Opera, author Gaston Leroux takes the locked room mystery to terrifying new heights in The Perfume of the Lady in Black.
This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
“If I am the phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me.” - Gaston Leroux, The Mystery of the Yellow RoomThe door is locked and the windows are barred--how did the attacker escape? In The Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux, a template for detective novels in the last hundred years was established. This novel is a fun mystery read that is sure to surprise and delight fans of whodunit fiction
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All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.
The story of a man named Erik, an eccentric, physically deformed genius who terrorizes the Opera Garnier in Paris. He builds his home beneath it and takes the love of his life, a beautiful soprano, under his wing.
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DESPERATE REMEDIES, by Thomas Hardy
GREEN TEA, by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
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En esta novela hace su aparición el joven reportero Joseph Rouletabille, quien actúa como un detective aficionado.
La historia da inicio con un intento de asesinato contra Mathilde Stangerson, hija soltera y ya mayor de un científico, el doctor Stangerson.
La Stra. Stangerson duerme en un pequeño cuarto amarillo. En la noche del incidente, ella se dispone a dormir y cierra la puerta con doble llave, lo cual le parecio un poco extraño a su padre y al viejo criado, el cual tiene por nombre Père Jacques. Pocos segundos después, se escucharon los alardeantes gritos de Mathilde, y dos disparos en el cuarto. Padre y criado intentan abrir la puerta del dormitorio, pero no pueden, de manera que empiezan a forcejearla. Mathilde sigue gritando y pidiendo ayuda. Cuando logran entrar, derriban puerta de roble que posee aquella habitación, Mathilde se encuentra sangrando, agonizando en el suelo junto a ello un golpe en la sien, pero no se encuentran rastros de alguna otra persona que se encontrara en la habitación, que no sean los tres antes nombrados. Sin embargo, no hay ningún lugar por el cual el supuesto asesino haya pudido huir, ya que la habitación carece de chimenea, posee una sola puerta, cerrada y la única ventana estaba enrejada.
Es una novela llevada en muchas ocasiones a la gran pantalla.