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Gaston Leroux

(1868-1927)

French Author
Le Fantome de l'Opera

In his early years, Monsieur Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux, born in Paris, was an admirator of Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas..

Like London and Conrad,, Gaston had a passion for the sea, which didn't go much further than sailing and deap-sea fishing at St. Valery-en Caux, in Normandy.

To please his father, Gaston, who wanted to become a writer, studied law instead.

His father died the year Gaston had graduated, and left him a coniderable fortune, which, none the less, Gaston managed to burn in less than a year, enjoying the Parisian life of the Quartier Latin, champagne, beautiful ladies, gamblings and expensive dinners.

Indeed, Leroux was a sought-after companion. Around his table the conversations were intensely animated with wit, humour and laughter.


He then started as a freelance writer, and eventually was appointed as a critic by a Parisian newspaper.

This was the start of a journalistic career, followed by worlwide missions at Le Matin, which brought Gaston as far as to Egypt and Korea. In Russia, in 1905, he covered the first turbulences of the Revolution.


Meanwhile, he had married and divorced, but, mainly, published four novels. He had to wait for the fifth to meet with fame in 1907: The Mystery of The Yellow Room (Le Mystere de la Chambre Jaune).

He was not only an Opera lover, but also fascinated by the magnificient and extravagant architecture of the Opera de Paris.

When Gaston Leroux left his journalistic career in 1909 to devote himself entirely to writing, during his reporter's various missions, he had visited every corner of the Opera de Paris, far beyond the scope of his reporter's tasks, using and abusing of his journalistic credentials .

The Phantom of the Opera, his masterpiece, is born from his journalistic comments on the accident at the Opera de Paris where one of the counter-weights of the impressive chandelier had fallen on the head of a director.

Adding a phantom, and thanks to his incredible knowledge of the place, Leroux, with his accurate descriptions, made his audience wonder if his novel was not reflecting a true story.

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French Authors:  The Song Of Roland Balzac Dumas Hugo Leroux
 Maupassant Rousseau Troyes Verne Voltaire
 Zola

Other Authors of Strange-Extraordinary-Horror genre:
Doyle Lovecraft Maeterlinck Poe
Shelley Stoker

The classic of The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney
in the title role, is one of the most memorable films.
Gaston Leroux's Ch‚ri-Bibi was adapted to the silent screen no less than four times, as was his novel The Mystery of the Yellow Room.

Gaston Leroux

Gaston Leroux

Gaston Leroux

Gaston Leroux

Gaston Leroux

Gaston Leroux

Gaston Leroux

Gaston Leroux

Gaston Leroux

Gaston Leroux