Happy Anniversary, Gaston Leroux!

iteotbToday, September 23, 2021, marks the 112th anniversary of Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera — in a way. It was initially published as a serial in a French magazine called Le Gaulois, and the first chapter appeared 100 years ago today.

The complete novel, as we know it today, appeared in April 1910. Leroux’s thinly veiled social commentary on Parisian society has inspired numerous films, musicals and books — not the least of which is my In The Eye of The Beholder.

Today, I wish “bon anniversaire” to my beloved Erik, whose voice cried out in my heart that his story was not over.

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