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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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ISBN13: 9780199543441
ISBN10: 0199543445
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The notorious career of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, has been endlessly retold. But this is the first time the original tale has been reprinted since it was serialized in The People's Periodical in 1846-47.

A sensational story of murder and pie-making, Sweeney Todd is a classic of British horror writing, widely adapted in print and on stage, most famously by Stephen Sondheim, whose unlikely "musical thriller" won eight Tony awards. This edition offers the original story with all its atmospheric Victorian trimmings. The story of Todd's murderous partnership with pie-maker Margery Lovett — at once inconceivably unpalatable and undeniably compelling — has subsequently set the table for a seemingly endless series of successful dramatic adaptations, popular songs and ballads, novellas, radio plays, graphic novels, ballets, films, and musicals. Both gleeful and ghoulish, the original tale of Sweeney Todd, first published under the title "The String of Pearls," combines the story of Todd's grisly method of robbing and dispatching his victims — by way of Mrs. Lovett's meat pies — with a romantic sub-plot involving deception, disguise, and detective work, set against the backdrop of London's dark and unsavory streets. Editor Robert Mack "fleshes" out the story with a fascinating introduction touching on the origins of the tale, the growth of the legend, and a history of its many retellings. Mack also includes explanatory notes that point out interesting aspects, plus a full chronology of the many versions of Sweeney Todd.

Since Sweeney Todd first entered the public imagination in the mid-nineteenth-century, his exploits have chilled and fascinated audiences around the world. This new edition allows modern readers to savor the ghastly original in all its gruesome glory.

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This Oxford edition of the original story of Sweeney Todd is the movie tie-in edition for the winter 2007 film version starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton. While the story of Sweeney Todd has been told many times, perhaps most notably in the musical with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this edition is the first time the original tale has been reprinted since it was serialized in The People's Periodical in 1846-7. The story of murder and pie-making, this is a classic of British horro writing.

Synopsis:

A sensational story of murder and pie-making, Sweeney Todd is a classic of British horror writing, widely adapted in print and on stage, most famously by Stephen Sondheim, whose unlikely "musical thriller" won eight Tony awards. This edition offers the original story with all its atmospheric Victorian trimmings. The story of Todd's murderous partnership with pie-maker Margery Lovett--at once inconceivably unpalatable and undeniably compelling--has subsequently set the table for a seemingly endless series of successful dramatic adaptations, popular songs and ballads, novellas, radio plays, graphic novels, ballets, films, and musicals. Both gleeful and ghoulish, the original tale of Sweeney Todd, first published under the title The String of Pearls, combines the story of Todd's grisly method of robbing and dispatching his victims--by way of Mrs. Lovett's meat pies--with a romantic sub-plot involving deception, disguise, and detective work, set against the backdrop of London's dark and unsavory streets. Editor Robert Mack 'fleshes' out the story with a fascinating introduction touching on the origins of the tale, the growth of the legend, and a history of its many retellings. Mack also includes explanatory notes that point out interesting aspects, plus a full chronology of the many versions of Sweeney Todd.

Since Sweeney Todd first entered the public imagination in the mid-nineteenth-century, his exploits have chilled and fascinated audiences around the world. This new edition allows modern readers to savor the ghastly original in all its gruesome glory.

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Robert L. Mack is the author of Thomas Gray, A Life and editor of The Arabian Nights' Entertainments and Oliver Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield for Oxford World's Classics.

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this is amazing book that can take your heart away from your body.
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I love the book. I've read hundreds of books and this is an amazing book. This is beautifuly written and a must read book!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780199543441
Author:
Mack, Robert L.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Mack, Robert L., Dr
Author:
Mack, Robert
Author:
null, Robert
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Barbers
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Horror fiction
Subject:
London (England) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literature/English | British Literature | 19th C
Subject:
Literature, English
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Young adult
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 black and white, 1 map
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
5.2 x 7.5 x 1 in 0.594 lb

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Product details 352 pages Oxford University Press, USA - English 9780199543441 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This Oxford edition of the original story of Sweeney Todd is the movie tie-in edition for the winter 2007 film version starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton. While the story of Sweeney Todd has been told many times, perhaps most notably in the musical with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this edition is the first time the original tale has been reprinted since it was serialized in The People's Periodical in 1846-7. The story of murder and pie-making, this is a classic of British horro writing.
"Synopsis" by , A sensational story of murder and pie-making, Sweeney Todd is a classic of British horror writing, widely adapted in print and on stage, most famously by Stephen Sondheim, whose unlikely "musical thriller" won eight Tony awards. This edition offers the original story with all its atmospheric Victorian trimmings. The story of Todd's murderous partnership with pie-maker Margery Lovett--at once inconceivably unpalatable and undeniably compelling--has subsequently set the table for a seemingly endless series of successful dramatic adaptations, popular songs and ballads, novellas, radio plays, graphic novels, ballets, films, and musicals. Both gleeful and ghoulish, the original tale of Sweeney Todd, first published under the title The String of Pearls, combines the story of Todd's grisly method of robbing and dispatching his victims--by way of Mrs. Lovett's meat pies--with a romantic sub-plot involving deception, disguise, and detective work, set against the backdrop of London's dark and unsavory streets. Editor Robert Mack 'fleshes' out the story with a fascinating introduction touching on the origins of the tale, the growth of the legend, and a history of its many retellings. Mack also includes explanatory notes that point out interesting aspects, plus a full chronology of the many versions of Sweeney Todd.

Since Sweeney Todd first entered the public imagination in the mid-nineteenth-century, his exploits have chilled and fascinated audiences around the world. This new edition allows modern readers to savor the ghastly original in all its gruesome glory.

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