Gaston Leroux was a French journalist and playwright. Born
in Paris in 1868, he abandoned a law career to become a court
reporter and theater critic; as an international correspondent, he
witnessed and covered the 1905 Russian Revolution. Two years later,
Leroux left journalism to focus on writing fiction. He authored
dozens of novels and short stories, and is considered one of the
preeminent French writers of detective fiction. His most famous
work, The Phantom of the Opera, was originally serialized in
1909 and 1910. He died in 1927.
Alexander Teixeira de Mattos (1865-1921) was Dutch-English translator and writer.