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1. Lagonie de la Russie blanche /
2. Biography - Leroux, Gaston (1868-1927):
3. The phantom of the Opera / illustrated
4. The Essential Phantom of the Opera:
5. Phantom Variations: The Adaptations
6. The Undergrounds of the Phantom
7. Behind The Phantom's Mask
8. The Phantom of the Opera (Hollywood
9. The Complete Phantom of the Opera

1. Lagonie de la Russie blanche / Gaston Leroux ; edite par Mme G. Leroux
by Gaston (1868-1927) Leroux
 Hardcover: Pages (1928)

Asin: B00422DKIG
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2. Biography - Leroux, Gaston (1868-1927): An article from: Contemporary Authors
by Gale Reference Team
Digital: 13 Pages (2004-01-01)
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Asin: B0007SDC8C
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This digital document, covering the life and work of Gaston Leroux, is an entry from Contemporary Authors, a reference volume published by Thompson Gale. The length of the entry is 3777 words. The page length listed above is based on a typical 300-word page. Although the exact content of each entry from this volume can vary, typical entries include the following information:

  • Place and date of birth and death (if deceased)
  • Family members
  • Education
  • Professional associations and honors
  • Employment
  • Writings, including books and periodicals
  • A description of the author's work
  • References to further readings about the author
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3. The phantom of the Opera / illustrated by Greg Hildebrandt ; story by Gaston Leroux
by Gaston (1868-1927). Greg Hildebrandt (ill.) Leroux
 Hardcover: Pages (1988)
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Asin: B001KUUYNC
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4. The Essential Phantom of the Opera: The Definitive, Annotated Edition of Gaston Leroux's Classic Novel (Essentials)
by Gaston Leroux
Paperback: 352 Pages (1996-10-01)
list price: US$16.95
Isbn: 0452273862
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This edition of Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera" is fully annotated, and includes facts, bibliographical information and legends. It also features a full bibliography of works by and about Gaston Leroux, including critical works on "The Phantom of the Opera". ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a great book
This book is great! A must have for all phantom phans. ... Read more

5. Phantom Variations: The Adaptations of Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera, 1925 to the Present
by Ann C. Hall
Paperback: 199 Pages (2009-06-13)
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Asin: 0786442654
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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This book examines the themes and variations of Phantom of the Opera, exploring the story's appeal to multiple generations through numerous incarnations. After discussing Gaston Leroux's original 1910 novel, the work turns first to Phantom on film from Lon Chaney's 1925 Phantom through Dario Argento's 1998 film. Stage versions of Phantom are then covered in detail, including Webber's spectacular 1986 production and its lesser-known predecessors and competitors, and those that followed. A final section looks at novels and miscellaneous adaptations ranging from erotic fiction to a Donald Barthelme short story. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Truly dreadful. no zero stars option, Amazon?
This book purports to be a scholarly work, but, as the previous reviewer has noted, it's utterly riddled with errors. The author has apparently not bothered to read some of the books, films and plays she discusses more than once-if at all- and the result is some giant howlers that undermine any crediblity the book might have had. The author finishes by giving a glowing review to 'Phantom of Manhattan', a book so dreadful it ought to have won some kind of prize for ineptitude.
Large swathes of the book are just given over to reciting plot (oh dear- better have the plot right if you're going to do this), the rest to a faux-intellectualism that doesn't convince at all.
If you're reading this because you wanted to know more about this subject and wondered if this book was the answer- save yourself the money and just grab a random person leaving the stage production of Phantom. A random person who has actually watched it properly would be able to tell you more than Ms Hall. ... Read more

6. The Undergrounds of the Phantom of the Opera: Sublimation and the Gothic in Leroux's Novel and its Progeny
by Jerrold E. Hogle
Paperback: 368 Pages (2002-05-03)
list price: US$105.00 -- used & new: US$70.87
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Asin: 0312293461
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This comprehensive analytical study of the Phantom of the Opera proposes answers to the question, “why do we keep needing this story told and retold in the Western world?” by revealing the history of deep cultural tensions that underlie the novel and each of its major adaptations. Using extensive historical and textual evidence and drawing on perspectives from several theories of cultural studies, this book argues that we need this tale told and reconfigured because it provides us ways to both confront and disguise how we have fashioned our senses of identity in the Western middle class. The Phantom of the Opera —in varying ways over time—turns out, like the “Gothic” tradition it extends, to be deeply connected to Western self-fashioning in the face of conflicted attitudes about class, gender, race, religious beliefs, Fruedian psychology, economic and international tensions, and especially the shifting and permeable boundaries between “high” and “low” culture. This book should interest all students of the history of Western culture, Gothic fiction, opera, musical theater, and film.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A very extensive look at the Phantom
This is the most extensive, in-depth analysis you can find on the Phantom.It's not just a psychoanalytic reading though, and Dr. Hogle looks at all manifestations of the phantom-but especially the book which started it all.He provides great insights into the underlying meanings of the text and why we are ultimately intrigued by the man who becomes a phantom.He has an interesting theory on how the carnivalesque infects the bourgeois opera, the underlying class struggle within the novel, and the identity formation of various characters. With all the pop culture junk out there, it is very refreshing to have a book I can actually use for research.Very much for those who utilize literary theory, gothic theory, psychoanalytic readings of literature.However, for those die-hard "phans" of the musical, this is a difficult book.If you can get past the academic writing, you'll find some of the most interesting things about the Phantom you didn't know.As far as his analysis of other adaptations of the phantom, including the broadway play, I did not find those as important.

4-0 out of 5 stars OK...for researchers
This book is very dry and full of "Freudian" suggestions...but this only stands to reason as the original novel (by Gaston Leroux published in 1911) was written during the height of the Freudian belief system....
I would not discredit this work in any way, other than to say it's not a "leisure read" or a bit of foolish, fluffy "PhanFiction" by any means.Those who wish to try it, do so...but be warned...it's more of a university level text that could very easily be used as an assigned text for psychology majors.It's definitely NOT for the silly "Phantom Phan" sect (and this text is often rejected by them).
Whether you buy into Freud and his ideas or not, remember than Leroux was a child of that era and his original novel often depicts many Freudian undertones.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not easily accessible
Hogle's book is written using dense professorial obsurantism. Readers will need an outstanding education and exceptional literary sensitivity to understand what the good professor is trying to exposit.One professional reviewer stated that the author's approach to his subject was "strenuous and original".I couldn't agree more."Strenuous" completely describes not only this work but also the process of deciphering what it is that Hogle has to say.While it is an in depth and intensely researched look at the implications of this story for western society throughout the past century, it trades psychological insight into the cultural phenomenon for a more contextual social analysis.The personal psychological impact of the story for readers is something he seems to approach only distantly.Unfortunate, because this would give greater insight into the larger social ramifications.Also, Hogle can be repetitive with themes during the course of his analysis of the subject.I have praise only for his commentary on the original Leroux novel, which is insightful and meaningful.His commentary on the remainder of re-adaptations of the original novel ranges from good to weak.This is nowhere more apparent than in his discussion of what he calls, "the most important... renovelization of the original book" referring to the novel by Susan Kay.Here he attempts to prove, in less than four pages, a thesis that is both absurd and ill supported, despite the importance he himself has attributed to the work.Overall, his book is something that those persons enraptured with the story should avoid and that literary scholars should approach with appropriate discernment. ... Read more

7. Behind The Phantom's Mask
by Roger Ebert
Paperback: 244 Pages (1993-05-01)
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Asin: 0836280210
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Modeled on the work of Victorian novelist Wilkie Collins, this serial cliffhanger follows Mason Devereaux, a once-great, hard-drinking British actor, who becomes involved in the case of an on-stage murder. Original. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Cute and Funny
This is a cute book, and Ebert certainly has a sense of the absurd and the ironic. The story takes poor Mason all over as he tries to set his life straight, while at the same time unravelling a mystery murder. Someone compared this book with the works of P. G. Wodehouse, but I felt a little let down on that aspect, with Wodehouse being preferable. And many of the things that happened to Mason seemed a bit too ridiculous and random to me, making it less ironic coincidence and more "Good God! How did *that* happen?!" And it is certainly as silly and light as it sounds. Still, not a bad read, if you enjoy the absurd and the comedic, especially British style, and certainly not lacking in strange plot twists.

Just a Warning: If you are considering buying this on the merit of its being about the Phantom of the Opera, think again. What little of the musical is mentioned here is inaccurately represented (perhaps purposely for copyright reasons?? Although, if that were the case, I would think he wouldn't be allowed to mention it so specifically at all) and plays no significant role.

5-0 out of 5 stars A faded actor has a series of hilarious misadventures.
This is a FANTASTIC read. Film critic Roger Ebert is also a gifted weaver of the absurd and what-happens-next serial. Not only is the book hilariously improbable, Ebert also uses his passion for London and the eccentrics that populate it to great effect. The result is compelling, surprising, and always riotous. This book shows a side of Roger Ebert that readers of his reviews and fans of his popular TV show may not be familiar with. Do yourself a favor - buy this reasonably priced book, enjoy it, and tell your friends. It's a real treat! ... Read more

8. The Phantom of the Opera (Hollywood Archives Series) (v. 1)
by Philip J. Riley
Paperback: 320 Pages (1996-10-13)
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Asin: 1882127331
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Most people think that they are watching the original Phantom of the Opera on home video or in revival houses.The existing print of the film is actually a silent version of a 1929 dubbed sound reissue, which is missing at least 35 minutes of development scenes, opera scenes, titles and some of the best atmospheric photography and set designs in motion picture history.The present unmasking scene is pale compared to the original.In this comprehensive history of this landmark horror film, author Phil Riley presents the complete, complex production of this amazing film.The 320 page book includes:the complete shooting script, the complete press book, rare behind the scenes photos, and recreations of lost scenes.Contributions by Mary Philbin ("Christine"), cinematographer Charles van Enger, Ray Bradbury, Ron Chaney and more! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I have been on a "Phantom" kick of late and bought this book as a companion to the many video editions of the 1925/1930 film I have collected over the years. All I can say is that this may be one of the best "Making Of" books since the classic "The Making Of King Kong" and "The Making Of The Wizard Of Oz". It is loaded with photos, art, recollections from surviving cast and crew members, promotional materials and the shooting script as it stood when the cameras started rolling in 1924. It also goes into the various cuts of the film, and how the famous George Eastman House print managed to survive destruction. Phil Reilly's writing style may not warm the heart of anal college English profs, but it prevents the book from becoming stuffy, and well, a text book. Once you start it, it is very hard to put down and you will find yourself constantly going back to it for reference. It is by no means perfect (there is so little documentation in some areas of this subject that the best you CAN do is make an educated guess) but it is loaded with information and a very easy read, which is all you can ask of a book of this nature. A bargain at any price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Phantom of the Opera (Hollywood Archives Series)
Being a film buff, and the latest Phantom of the Opera now my favorite flick, I wanted to garner some history of the various film adaptations and this was very interesting.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, horrifying editing
Shame on the editor of this book!The incredible research that went into this book is belittled by the fact that it is not very well written.Spelling and grammatical errors abound in this otherwise-excellent volume.This is the only book I own from this series; I sincerely hope that these problems were absent in other titles.

Other than that, I can say that this is the definitive book about Chaney's Phantom.Facts in this book are repeated in the "ultimate edition" 2-disc DVD, which includes the best-they-could-do of the 1925 original, which eluded the original authors of this book.

Regardless of my own personal pickiness, if you are a fan of silent films and/or Chaney's Phantom, please get this book.It's a wonderfully immersive read.

5-0 out of 5 stars WHY ISN'T THIS BOOKAT NO. 1 in the Phantom Category????
I had thought Riley's work on MagicImage's THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN was the be-all end all coverage of a classic film until I'd picked this up. And just like the other reviews have stated, this is comprehensive and *THE* book on the original Phantom whether for casual interest or serious study. It's like compiling EVERY single article that you've seen or heard of on the film into this one rather large compendium. Forget Famous Monsters (Devil rest its soul) . This ... is serious and you will walk away with a new appreciation for the craft that was involved in creating this and other old films. Yes, the pressbook is here, scripts, interviews and other insights to this film that would otherwise be lost. There's a ton of stills that are quite rare and just as rarely seen. The pressbook is just incredible, being a total movie-promo snapshot of times gone by. It was cool to see, albeit small, a shot of Chaney and his wife (!) showing up at the premiere. There are scene comparisons betweeen the releases via text and pictures (the unmasking scene) as well as visual reconstruction of scenes deleted from the movie premier that none will ever see in moving form (likely) EVER again, but here, we see them sequentially by way ofactualstills, adding some understanding as to why the reissue is oftimes a confusing flick. Another really welcome part was the overview of Chaney's changing makeup throughout the film to accomadate the drama. This is the first time I think I've ever seen a commentary (AND with photos) on what I'd noticed while watching the film, at least one this thorough. But here, stills illustrate the changing nose, forehead, cheekbones, and totally puts into perspective Chaney's mastery of the medium that he'd worked in and what he was trying to convey with these changes. If you want in-depth, this is it. If you are a Chaney Phantomgeek, this is it. Pick it up, and don't think about it too long, since this will likely go out of print and be a pain to find, much like the BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN edition. If you're serious about Chaney, also check out LON OF 1000 FACES, by Forrest J Ackerman, which is a rerelease of the title, that just came out (9/03). It provides a VISUAL/PHOTOGRAPHIC overview of Chaney's films that would be a good companion to Riley's or any other Chaney book. That one draws from Ackerman's massive stills collection, ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Excellent.
This is THE MOST comprehensive book to date on the 1925 film, 'The Phantom of the Opera'. It has countless articles, interviews, facts, newspaper clippings, screencaps, photographs, etc. Amazing. 'Nuff said. ... Read more

9. The Complete Phantom of the Opera
by George Perry
Hardcover: 167 Pages (1988-01-15)
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Asin: 0805006575
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This lavishly illustrated book traces the origins of the phantom in truth and legend, including previously unpublished plans of the Paris Opera, showing the secret underground lake and the labyrinthine passages the public never sees. 20 line drawings. 150 full-color and 50 black-and-white photographs. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Phantom of "I Now Can NOT Wait to Go See the Stage Production Because of This Book
This book contains soo many pictures from the broadway production and past movies of The Phantom of the Opera. It also has hours worth of information to read.

My key favorite points of this book?

1.)It shows Picture by picture process of applying Michael Crawford's make-up. (He played the Phantom in the original stage production)

2.) It has the whole script in the back of the book, including the song lyrics.

3.) Just about everything. HAHA

This book is deffinately a GREAT buy.

*Only thing if anyone's expecting to see Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, or Patrick Wilson (From the 2004 movie) this book was written before that so your going to have to buy the addition, "The Phantom of the Opera Film Companion".

5-0 out of 5 stars Full libretto
I've seen Phantom on three continents and love every bit of every show.I wanted a libretto in order to know the lyrics of the pieces with multiple singers/parts.Getting a history of the melodrama with lots of great photos was an added bonus.My book was used but in exactly the condition advertised, arrived as promised, and was WELL WORTH the total cost!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book !
Excellent book !
All of a good Phantom of the opera's fan needs to know about this classic musical masterpiece. History, true facts, anecdotes, first editions, the future.. No more words. Don't miss it !!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book.Highly recommended!
I bought a copy of this book at a performance of The Phantom Of The Opera in 2000 and really love it.I tried to purchase a copy for a friend at the most recent performance we went to but it is no longer available and feel very lucky to have been able to find it here at Amazon.It tells of the Paris Opera House, Gaston Leroux, the original story and the movies.The reason I bought it is the last 100+ pages cover the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and includes some incredible photographs.I was delighted when I got home and found it also includes the Libretto!I would encourage any fan of the musical to purchase a copy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Loads of beautiful photos and lots of info.I love it.We do need and expanded edition to cover the movie.This is for Phantom Fans. ... Read more

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