The Phantom of the Opera (Barnes & Noble Classics)

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The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:

New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influencesbiographical, historical, and literaryto enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

The Paris Opera is hauntedeveryone knows it. Everyone, that is, except for the new managers, who spark a violent dispute with the Opera Ghost when they refuse to acknowledge his existence or submit to his demands. Sometimes surfacing as a disembodied voice in Box Five or appearing as a gentleman in evening dress with a death’s-head, the phantom is obsessed with Christine Daaé, a lovely and enigmatic novice singer endowed with an amazing voice. But impetuous Viscount Raoul de Chagny is in love with Christine, and he and his brother, Count Philippe, are swept into the phantom’s deadly illusion with horrifying consequences.

Police reports, newspaper clippings, and witness interviews help a sleuthing narrator reconstruct the events of French author Gaston Leroux’s most famous tale, one that had a significant impact on contemporary detective fiction. First published in 1911, The Phantom of the Opera has since been the basis for many adaptations, including Lon Chaney’s silent film and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony award-winning Broadway musical. Today, this thriller is recognized not only as a compelling yarn with gothic overtones, but an engrossing romance of stirring theatricality.

Isabel Roche has a Ph.D. in French literature from New York University and teaches at Bennington College in Vermont. She wrote the book Character and Meaning in the Novels of Victor Hugo and has published articles in The French Review and French Forum.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics; 1st Printing edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593082495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593082499
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Absolutely, thrilling…

2 people found this helpful.
 on July 3, 2017
By Danielle Urban
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux is quite a tale. Dark, intense, and dramatic. Every page builds the momentum. Suspenseful and cleverly written. The Phantom Ghost is not a ghost at all. But a mere mortal. Yet he brings upon fear and darkness at the Opera. Love, jealous, and murder. This was an interesting piece of literature. I was in love. It had everything I expected and more. Gaston Leroux was a great writer. His words lured me deeper into his fictional world, The Phantom of the Opera. Music, death, and drama at the center. Absolutely, fascinating to read. I recommend this book to readers worldwide.

Gothic Ghost Story

 on November 18, 2015
By ricefun
Who knew that The Phantom of the Opera is ACTUALLY a scary ghost story?!? I picked this book up expecting it would be a fun story that paralleled Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical for a bit of light reading. Boy was I wrong, but boy was I impressed at the same time. I couldn’t put the book down. The story drew me in and I could feel the presence of the Phantom in my own bedroom as I read. Reading this story with 20th century sociology in my head, I felt such pain for the ghost/phantom/monster, and even shed a tear while I was driving and thinking about the story. There is a particular line where the phantom reveals that his mother always shoved him away as a monster when he tried to kiss her forehead. So, he becomes the monster in the same way society treated him. While the story diverges in multiple ways from Weber’s stage rendition, I highly recommend this as a great Halloween read, or a late night story of love and anguish if you need a book to keep you up all night.

A classic that never gets old

 on June 6, 2016
By M. Patient
This is one of those stories that is such a classic that it gets periodic remakes in every medium. It’s been retold in books (Susan Kay), masterfully parodied (Terry Pratchett), turned into a movie, a musical, you name it.

The Beginning of a Beautifully Twisted and Haunting World

 on July 23, 2013
By Colleen Michelle Johnson
I cannot help but compare Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version and movie to the original story by Leroux. Some similarities, but Webber’s Phantom is ‘softer’ than Leroux’s Phantom. How, you may ask? Leroux’s Phantom, is ‘death’, the architect is hugely shown in all the things he has created under the opera house and the specifics about his appearance can be ghastly. How he treats Christine is different too, his obsession with her, no matter what source, is strong, sometimes silly and sometimes very dark. The details of Leroux’s Phantom is scary and haunting and while I fell hard for Gerard Butler in the movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, enjoyed the London stage performance and followed up with ‘Love Never Dies’, I own an illustrated version of Leroux’s book and it has made me wonder was there ever a Phantom before the one Mr. Leroux brought to life for us? This is a must read for any Phantom lover. You might hate some parts and love others but it is very good to read the source that Mr. Webber pulled on for his lovely version.

4.5 stars; this edition has some formatting issues but the story itself is wonderful

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 4, 2010
By Karissa Eckert
I love the musical but had never read this book before. So I downloaded it to my Kindle for free. The formatting was okay on the Kindle version; chapter starts were a bit hard to see and there were some formatting errors. All of the color plates were missing with an insert stating (color plate here). Overall the story itself was wonderful and really added to my understanding of the musical.

Greatest love story ever told

 on September 22, 2017
By Nette
The best love story ever written. You have to understand the story. Most people don’t understand Phanthom of the Opera so they say it is boring. If you could sit down and understand that it is a true lover and the ultimate sacrifice of love. Andrew Lloyd Weber created a masterpiece with this on Broadway. I have seen this more times than anyone would ever care but myself and my husband, however, hubby is a saint,

Bizarre and entertaining

 on June 10, 2015
By Diana S. Long
This was the most bizarre tale I’ve ever read. The author has quite the imagination, filling this work with murder, madness and mayhem in abundance. Also it’s rather sadly romantic. I have seen this work done over the years in visuals, movies and musicals. The novel is more intricately told and the character of the phantom is more delved into. The novel has the same basic unfolding as the visuals but it is different. I would have to say that Andrew Lloyd Webber ‘s production of this with the beautiful scores is the most entertaining

The Phantom of the Opera -Reveiw-

 on June 4, 2012
By Janine
This story has been a favorite of mine ever since I heard the song written for the title of the musical. I have always wanted to see the musical, but have not been so lucky yet. Instead I’ve had to settle with the 2004 movie. Reading the original novel by Gaston Leroux has made me love this story even more. Such excitement, romance and thrill around each corner. It is quite different from the movie or the musical, but there are some scenes in which if you know the story of music can be pulled from the book. Gaston’s phantom character “Erik” has you both fearing him and as mentioned in the book “pittying” him for in some cases it seems at times he comes across as more of a teenage boy with the ever changing hormones then a grown man because of his dabiltation “ugliness”. With no real feeling towards his wrong doings unitl maybe his end. All in all it is a fantastic story, dramatic characters of all kinds and avvery exciting read and keeps you wanting more.

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