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The Phantom of the Opera: Who Was Gaston Leroux's Ghost?

  The Phantom of the Opera was first published in Le Gaulois magazine in 1909 in parts. One year later, in 1910, The Phantom of the Opera ( Le Phantom de L'Opera in its original language, French) was published aa a book. Gaston Leroux wrote many more books before and after his masterpiece, including journalist Rouletabille's stories (which inspired even authors like Agatha Christie). The Phantom of the Opera , however, is the one that gave Leroux recognition for his talent all over the world while still alive. So, what was the inspiration for Leroux's iconic novel? Was it a true story or not?   The Story The Phantom of the Opera , as most people know thanks to Leroux's novel's success, its movie adaptations and the countless musical performances based on Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage adaptation of the classic story, is about a ghost (phantom) living by a lake under Palais Garnier opera house, in Paris. The ghost is a disfigured man, dressed so that not a single p

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