A new translation of Leroux's classic Gothic melodrama, the original novel behind Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical. A terrific story set in the Paris Opera House, that combines mystery, crime, adventure, detection, and tortured love, in a sparkling translation from the prize-winning editor and translator of Dumas. The only edition to combine a new translation and full editorial material which sheds light on aspects of the novel that intrigue readers. The introduction considers Leroux's life and career, the serialized fiction genre of which he was the last great exponent, and makes a case for the book as a work of considerable literary craft. Appendix on the construction of the Paris Opera helps set the novel in its architectural context. Notes explain allusions and provide illuminating contextual information.