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The wonderful and surprising history of Sweeney Todd : the life and times of an urban legend

Author: Robert L Mack
Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Traces the fortunes of Todd's narrative from its earliest 'proper' appearance as a Victorian 'penny blood' in 1846-47, and then as a melodrama on the stage, through to its twentieth-century  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Thomas Peckett Prest; Thomas Peckett Prest
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert L Mack
ISBN: 9780826497918 0826497918
OCLC Number: 226115207
Description: pages cm
Contents: Acknowledgements; List of Illustrations; Preface; Part I: Contexts, Themes and Background; 1. Du Cote de Chez Todd: Man Eating, Meat Pies and the Macabre; 2. Aren't There Butchers Enough?: The Roots of Myth and Meaning in Sweeney Todd; 3. Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner: True Lies and the Life of an Urban Legend; Part II: Text and Sources; 4. Fiends in Human Shape: The String of Pearls and the Earliest Histories of Fleet Street's 'Cannibalistic Pastries'; 5. I Shall Have to Polish Him Off: Proto-Myths and Precedents; Part III: Visions and Revisions; 6. The Way of All Flesh: Sweeney Todd, Melodrama, and the Theatre; 7. A Proper Artist with a Knife: Sweeney on Celluloid; 8. Swing Your Razor Wide, Sweeney: Further Adventures of a Legend; Appendix: Sweeney Todd: A Genealogy, History, and Chronology; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Robert L. Mack.

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Mention - Chronicle of Higher Education, February 8, 2008 'Well researched...Mack's investigation into the origins of one of London's favourite myths...uncovers some interesting titbits.' EMPIRE Read more...

 
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