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With its pervading atmosphere of menace, tinged with dark humour, The Phantom of the Opera (1910) offers a unique mix of Gothic horror and tragic romance that has inspired film, stage and literature since its publication.
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The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux, is one of the first locked room mystery crime fiction novels. It was first published in France in 1908. It is the first novel starring fictional detective Joseph Rouletabille, and concerns a complex and seemingly impossible crime in which the criminal appears to disappear from a locked room. Leroux provides the reader with detailed, precise diagrams and floorplans illustrating the scene of the crime. The emphasis of the story is firmly on the intellectual challenge to the reader, who will almost certainly be hard pressed to unravel every detail of the situation.
Table of Contents :
Chapter 1. In Which We Begin Not to Understand
Chapter 2. In Which Joseph Roultabille Appears for the First Time
Chapter 3. “A Man Has Passed Like a Shadow Through the Blinds”
Chapter 4. “In the Bosom of Wild Nature”
Chapter 5. In Which Joseph Rouletabille Makes a Remark to Monsieur Robert Darzac Which Produces Its Little Effect
Chapter 6. In the Heart of the Oak Grove
Chapter 7. In Which Rouletabille Sets Out on an Expedition Under the Bed
Chapter 8. The Examining Magistrate Questions Mademoiselle Stangerson
Chapter 9. Reporter and Detective
Chapter 10. “We Shall Have to Eat Red Meat—Now”
Chapter 11. In Which Frederic Larsan Explains How the Murderer Was Able to Get Out of The Yellow Room
Chapter 12. Frederic Larsan’s Cane
Chapter 13. “The Presbytery Has Lost Nothing of Its Charm, Nor the Garden Its Brightness”
Chapter 14. “I Expect the Assassin This Evening”
Chapter 15. The Trap
Chapter 16. Strange Phenomenon of the Dissociation of Matter
Chapter 17. The Inexplicable Gallery
Chapter 18. Rouletabille Has Drawn a Circle Between the Two Bumps on His Forehead
Chapter 19. Rouletabille Invites Me to Breakfast at the Donjon Inn
Chapter 20. An Act of Mademoiselle Stangerson
Chapter 21. On the Watch
Chapter 22. The Incredible Body
Chapter 23. The Double Scent
Chapter 24. Rouletabille Knows the Two Halves of the Murderer
Chapter 25. Rouletabille Goes on a Journey
Chapter 26. In Which Joseph Rouletabille Is Awaited with Impatience
Chapter 27. In Which Joseph Rouletabille Appears in All His Glory
Chapter 28. In Which It Is Proved That One Does Not Always Think of Everything
Chapter 29. The Mystery of Mademoiselle Stangerson
Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux ( 1868 – 1927) was a French journalist and author of detective fiction. In the English-speaking world, he is best known for writing the novel The Phantom of the Opera.
Finding anyone who has actually read the book all the way through, however, would be a difficult task. Proving that sometimes the original or source material gets completely lost as part of its own legacy, between 1987 and 1992 alone there seven different movies based on Leroux’s novel, including a cartoon version starring the Chipmunks. The Phantom of the Opera has also inspired a number of radio dramas, dozens of short stories, novels, comic books, orchestral compositions, heavy metal songs, and ska-punk covers of songs from the Andrew Lloyd Webber adaptation. The Webber adaptation has remained the longest-running musical of all time on Broadway since 2005. In addition, the titular character has been directly referenced on The Simpsons at least half a dozen times.
“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
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
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The Phantom of the Opera is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. It was first published as a serialisation in Le Gaulois from September 23, 1909, to January 8, 1910. It was published in volume form in April 1910 by Pierre Lafitte. The novel is partly inspired by historical events at the Paris Opera during the nineteenth century and an apocryphal tale concerning the use of a former ballet pupil's skeleton in Carl Maria von Weber's 1841 production of Der Freischütz. Nowadays, it is overshadowed by the success of its various stage and film adaptations. The most notable of these are the 1925 film depiction featuring Lon Chaney and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical.
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.
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