September 23 – Today in Hat History
September 23 – Today in Hat History. Publication of Phantom of the Opera, 1909.
The Phantom of the Opera (French: Le Fantôme de l’Opéra) is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. It was first published in serial form in the magazine Le Gaulois from September 23, 1909, to January 8, 1910. It was published as a book in April 1910 by Pierre Lafitte. The novel is partly inspired by historical events at the Paris Opera during the nineteenth century and an apocryphal tale about the use of a former ballet pupil’s skeleton in Carl Maria von Weber’s 1841 production of Der Freischütz.
In book form the Phantom was first depicted in mask and top hat. Nowadays, it is overshadowed by the success of its various stage and film adaptations. The most notable of these are the 1925 film depiction featuring Lon Chaney and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 musical.