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SWEENEY TODD, the Barber of Fleet-Street.

(Original title: The String of Pearls)


Now freshly typeset in easy-to-read modern type, this two-volume edition presents the full original text and woodcut illustrations of what’s probably the most influential and notorious “Penny Dreadful” ever published: the one in which London was introduced to Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet-Street, and his pie-selling partner-in-crime, Mrs. Lovett.

This is the complete and definitive edition of this timeless horror classic, lightly footnoted to help the modern reader better appreciate the period slang and pop-culture references throughout this thriling Victorian “penny-dreadful.”



Start reading now, for free:

The PDF editions of these books are available free of charge. So if you'd like to take a look and see if it's something you'd like to add to your collection, you can "try before you buy." Think of it like Amazon's "Look Inside" function, except that you get access to the whole book rather than just a few pages.

And, of course, if you're on a tight budget or if you actually enjoy reading at your computer, you can read the whole book this way.

PDF of Volume I
PDF of Volume II

Buy a copy of your own:

This title is available in several different formats, so you can pick whichever one fits best into your life and budget:


  • Royal 8vo (6.14x9.21) glossy case-wrapped covers with dust jackets. Suggested retail price is $49.99 each.
  • Volume I: 538 pages, 45 woodcut illustrations. ISBN 978-1-63591-681-2.
  • Volume II: 488 pages, 48 woodcut illustrations. ISBN 978-1-63591-691-1.



  • Same size and page count as Hardcover editions, with the same cover art and woodcut illustrations, but in economical softcover.
  • Suggested retail price: $29.99 for each.


  • The PDF editions of both of these books are free!

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