Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street [NOOK Book]

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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: 9780191566301
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/29/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 473,962
  • File size: 3 MB

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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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    Great Book

    Great Book, but it is not like the movie so dont mistake it for that.

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    Posted January 18, 2012

    Great book

    I love this book!! Great writing and terrific overall story.

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    Movie

    I love the movie!

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    Posted October 31, 2012

    Loved it

    I love sweeney todd.

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    Posted September 9, 2012

    Great book

    Based on a real person in english history. The musical is hysterical.

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