Gaston Leroux (6 May 1868 – 15 April 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 (Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, 1911), which has been made into several film and stage productions of the same name, notably the 1925 film starring Lon Chaney; and Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s 1986 musical.
Gaston Leroux’s name will always be joined “The Phantom of the Opera” but personally I have to say that I discovered the works of this singular writer with another of his brilliant novels: “The Haunted Chairr”. A novel full of mystery, irony, some horror and a unique sense of humor that also commonly used in many of his novels. Since that day, Gaston Leroux became one of my favorite authors. Another of his stories that impressed me most was “: The Kiss That Killed“. That burning desire to discover the human mind and feelings, his way of making the reader feel part of the story from the moment he speaks directly and personally to him are peculiarities of this brilliant French writer.
The genre of his novels is fictional detective, being a master in the management of mystery and terror. A constant motif in his work, is the transition between life and death, and problems beyond.
Le mystère de la chambre jaune (English translation: The Mystery of the Yellow Room – 1907
Le fauteuil hanté (1909, English translation: The Haunted Chair, 1931)
Le fantôme de l’Opéra (1910, English translation: The Phantom of the Opera, 1911)
La poupée sanglante (1923, English translations: The Kiss That Killed, 1934)
At this point, I decided I could not pass up the opportunity to read his most famous work. Many of you, like me, sure you know more the history thanks to the extraordinary musical that Andrew Lloyd Webber made based on his novel. Humbly I recommend that you read the novel by Gaston Leroux, if you have not done yet. You will discover a way to write unique that will be a great surprise and will again fall in love with this wonderful story.
“You will be the happiest of women. And we will sing, all by ourselves, till we swoon away with delight. You are crying! You are afraid of me! And yet I am not really wicked. Love me and you shall see! All I wanted was to be loved for myself.”
― The Phantom Of The Opera
Song: The Phantom of the Opera
Performed By: Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman
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