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Gaston Leroux- Novelist

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Melanie White

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Transcript of Gaston Leroux- Novelist

Born: May 6, 1868 (Paris, France
Died: April 15, 1927 (Nice, France)
Went to school in Normandy
Earned a law degree in Paris, 1889
Gained millions and a drinking and gambling addiction when his father died the same year
Worked as a court reporter and theater critic for L'Écho de Paris
Most important journalism: Le Matin, Paris (covered 1905 Russian Revolution and Paris Opera)
Left journalism 1907, wrote fiction
Formed theater company with Arthur Bernède 1919
Work in detective fiction parallel to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allen Poe
His Work:

-Leroux wrote detective fiction
-Many find Leroux's work very verbose
-POV switches common, as well as muddled genres (detective fiction shines through, but love, horror... on this he couldn't make up his mind.
Phantom of the Opera
good example of this)
-Very much the style of the era (Comparing with other authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne)
-Leroux would sometimes take something factual and embelish it (as in
the Phantom of the Opera)
Discussion Question!
Thank you!!!
Leroux as a writer; his other novels and writing style (2005, June 05). [Online forum comment]. Retrieved from http://www.phantomoftheopera.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?post_id=325384
Gaston leroux. (2014, February 08). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaston_Leroux
Liukkonen, P., & Pesonen, A. (2008). Gaston leroux. Retrieved from http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/leroux.htm
What do you think of leroux's style of writing (2004, December 07). [Online forum comment]. Retrieved from http://www.phantomoftheopera.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=2023&viewmode=flat&order=ASC&type=&mode=0&start=0
Leroux, G. (1909). Fantome de l'opera.
Leroux, G. (2002). The phantom of the opera. Toronto: Random House, Inc.

By: Melanie White
Gaston Leroux- Novelist
Discussion Question!
Analysis (continued)
Typical writing style of the early 1900's (compared to other writers)
Leaves nothing to the imagination
VERY clear what he wants you to see when describing the Phantom/Erik
Verbose; many descriptions and references that could have been stated in shorter sentences or not stated at all
Ie/ "...if you were not the victim of a nightmare, you saw his face at Perros."
"...Red Death's mask suddenly coming to life..."
A face of death; meant to be revolting and frightening
"...he hissed mad, incoherent words [at] me."
Becoming aware of Erik's violent ability
Leroux's Work
L'Aventures de Rouletabille (multiple stories)
Cheri Bibi (multiple stories)
La double vie de Théophraste Longuet
Le roi mystère
Le fauteuil hanté
Un homme dans la nuit
La reine Sabbat
Le fantôme de l'Opéra
L'épouse du solei
La colonne infernale
L'homme qui revient de loin
Le capitaine Hyx
La bataille invisible
Le coeur cambriolé
Le sept de trèfle
La poupée sanglante
La machine à assassiner
Les ténébreuses: La fin d'un monde & du sang sur la Néva
Hardis-Gras ou le fils des trois pères
La Farouche Aventure
La Mansarde en or
Les Mohicans de Babel
Mister Flow
Les Chausseurs de danses
Leroux's Work
Le petite marchand de pommes de terres frites
Les trois souhaits
Baïouchki baïou
L'homme qui a vu le diable
Le dîner des bustes
La hache d'or
Le Noël du petit Vincent-Vincent
La femme ou collier de velours
Le lys
-Leroux believed one should be free of distraction when writing, but for the simple inspirations.
Do you agree?
Leroux's work often revolved around death of some sort. He "played God". Is there a line that needs to be drawn with respect to this with your own characters, or is it up to you? Where would you draw the line if you would?
"'Yes, if I lived to be a hundred, I should always hear the superhuman cry of grief and rage which he uttered when the terrible sight appeared before my eyes.... Raoul, you have seen death's heads, when they have been dried and withered by the centuries... And then you saw Red Death stalking about... But all those death's heads were motionless and their dumb horror was not alive. But imagine, if you can, Red Death's mask suddenly coming to life in order to express, with the four black holes of its eyes, its nose, and its mouth, the extreme anger, the mighty fury of a demon; and not a ray of light from the sockets... you can not see his blazing eyes except in the dark.

I fell back against the wall and he came up to me, grinding his teeth, and as I fell upon my knees, he hissed mad, incoherent words and curses at me.'" (Leroux 122)

-Leroux wrote in a
style very indicative
of the early 1900's.
As we view a sample
of his work, think of
whether this intrigues
you or makes you less
likely to read it- would
your answer change if it
were in a more "modern"
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