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Anon , Robert L. Mack
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12 Mar 2008
'Ladies and Gentlemen...I have to state that Mrs Lovett's pies are made of human flesh!' This shocking announcement provides the stunning dénouement to a narrative first published over a period of four months in the winter of 1846-7. The revelation marked only the beginning, however, of the notorious career of Sweeney Todd, soon known to legend as the 'Demon Barber' of London's Fleet Street. The story of Todd's entrepreneurial partnership with neighbouring pie-maker Margery Lovett - at once inconceivably unpalatable and undeniably compelling - has subsequently provided the substance 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, is an early classic of British horror writing. It combines the story of Todd's grisly method of robbing and dispatching his victims with a romantic sub-plot involving deception, disguise, and detective work, set against the backdrop of London's dark and unsavoury streets. This edition provides an authoritative text of the first version of the story ever to be published, as well as a lively introduction to its history and reputation.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (12 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199229333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199229338
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 13.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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BEFORE Fleet-street had reached its present importance, and when George the Third was young, and the two figures who used to strike the chimes at old St Dunstan's church were in all their glory—being a great impediment to errand-boys on their progress, and a matter of gaping curiosity to country people—there stood close to the sacred edifice a small barber's shop, which was kept by a man of the name of Sweeney Todd. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC BOOK 6 Mar 2014
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This book is truly amazing, like the movie.
I recommend this book to anyone!
Cover work is pretty as well
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 22 Oct 2013
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love it good book really enjoyed it it cam quickly had too see the film love the cove of book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 25 May 2013
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I was researching medieval/17th century barber surgeons and bought this as a sort of by-story. It was a fascinating read. Everyone has heard of the Demon Barber and this is an interesting story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Apathetic 17 Oct 2011
This book was simply 'alright'. I was pretty much apathetic towards it throughout. After seeing the movie, I thought that the book would be a lot more impressive and dramatic. Of course, the book is infact 'The String of Pearls' and is different to the film/play. I did find the scenes involving Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett to be intriguing and interesting but I wasn't particularly drawn in or excited by it. I think that the story could have been a lot more exciting or full of suspense. I was disappointed that Todd and Lovett's characters were not fully developed as I do think that they could be amazing characters. Although it was a decent and reasonably easy read (very easy for a classic), unfortunately it didn't live up to my expectations
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