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 Hector Berlioz'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.
There have been many literary and dramatic works based on Leroux's novel, ranging from light operas to films to children's books. Some well known stage and screen adaptations of the novel are the 1925 film and the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
Book Condition & Notes
Hutchinson, London , 1925. First edition thus, published to coincide with the release of the 1925 Universal film with Lon Cheyney and Mary Philbin. n.d. 240pp with 8 b/w photographic plates from scenes from the film. VG+ clean and bright original publisher's blue cloth with black titles to the front and spine. In rare original dustwrapper, worn with rubbing, chips, tears and some dustiness. Still a pleasing example of the exceedingly rare photoplay.
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