The Wonderful and Surprising History of Sweeney Todd

The Wonderful and Surprising History of Sweeney Todd

The Life and Times of An Urban Legend

Book - 2007
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Traces the history of the Todd narrative from its earliest "proper" appearance as a "penny dreadful" in 1846-47, and then as a popular melodrama, through to its twentieth-century manifestation in film, ballet, musicals and opera, up to current and future productions including the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp film. Each successive generation has found a compelling fascination in the story's themes of avarice, ambition, desire, appetite, retribution, justice, and cannibalism. Following in the footsteps of the myth, this book takes the reader on a journey from the roots of the story in the alleyways and pie-shops of Victorian London to its modern incarnations on stage, screen and in popular culture.--From publisher description.
Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, 2007
ISBN: 9780826497918
Branch Call Number: 820 Mack
820 Mack
Characteristics: xx, 375 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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