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

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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 ...
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Overview


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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199543441
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/3/2007
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 966,179
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

    A haunting and gripping story!

    I really enjoyed Sweeney Todd - it had a slew of gruesome twists and turns, and I dreaded what lay ahead but couldn't stop reading. It was really a fun read and very accessible to the modern reader. I definitely recommend it, especially if you are planning on seeing the movie like I am!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2008

    The best mystery story I have ever read

    I have never known about Sweeney Todd and When I saw the Trailer of the Movie starring Johnny Depp I said I must see that movie when it releases. When I was in Barnes and Noble looking for a Book to read I found this one and I said well I am going to read It and after I read it I will see the movie. The story is great and it always keeps you reading to know what going to happen next. I recommend it to anyone who wants to read something that can keep him doing something. It is not so big and it contains just 280 pages. This is good for people who dont like to read too much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    British Horror Writing at Its Finest

    I have loved the story of Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett for the longest time - way before the recent Tim Burton movie success - and I must say that this truly opened my eyes to the wonderful story of Sweeney. The Stephen Sondheim musical has a wonderful plot, but this is truly the icing on the cake. Bravo, Thomas Prest - also, cudos to Robert L. Mack for a superior editing job!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2008

    I cant wait to read it!

    I saw the movie and trust me, you REALLY should see it!ILOVED it.Tim burton was the director,Johnny depp was sweeney todd,Helena Bonham Carter was Mrs. lovett.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2007

    The Original Tale at its Best!

    This book tells the original tale that Stephen Sondheim based the musical on. And it is terrific! A great piece of literature, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read the original story that spawned the Sweeney Todd phenomenom.

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