Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, US, Canada Ed.

Paperback | December 15, 2007

EditorRobert L. Mack

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'Ladies and Gentlemen...I have to state that Mrs Lovett's pies are made of human flesh!'This shocking announcement provides the stunning d'enouement to a narrative first published over a period of four months in the winter of 1846-7. The revelation marked only the beginning, however, of the notorious career of Sweeney Todd, soon known to legend as the 'Demon Barber' of London's FleetStreet. The story of Todd's entrepreneurial partnership with neighbouring pie-maker Margery Lovett - at once inconceivably unpalatable and undeniably compelling - has subsequently provided the substance 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, is an early classic of British horror writing. It combines the story of Todd's grisly method of robbing anddispatching his victims with a romantic sub-plot involving deception, disguise, and detective work, set against the backdrop of London's dark and unsavoury streets.This edition provides an authoritative text of the first version of the story ever to be published, as well as a lively introduction to its history and reputation.

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'Ladies and Gentlemen...I have to state that Mrs Lovett's pies are made of human flesh!'This shocking announcement provides the stunning d'enouement to a narrative first published over a period of four months in the winter of 1846-7. The revelation marked only the beginning, however, of the notorious career of Sweeney Todd, soon known...

Robert L. Mack is the author of Thomas Gray, A Life (Yale, 2000) and editor of The Arabian Nights' Entertainments and Oliver Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield for OWC.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.04 inPublished:December 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199543445

ISBN - 13:9780199543441

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating A captivating story. The original "String of Pearls" edited now by Robert L. Mack and re-published for the 21st Century readers. Contains a map and some illustrations from London's Periodical.
Date published: 2008-01-12