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Gilbert and Sullivan : a dual biography

Author: Michael Ainger
Publisher: Oxford : New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Introduced by a mutual colleague in the theater world, Gilbert and Sullivan followed very different paths to the stage door. Having survived an insecure childhood, Gilbert flourished as a financially successful theater professional, married happily, and established himself as a property owner. An extremely disciplined writer, he was also fiercely protective of the integrity of his work. By contrast, Sullivan
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Named Person: Arthur Sullivan; Arthur Sullivan; W S Gilbert; Arthur Sullivan, Sir; Arthur Sullivan, Sir; W S Gilbert; Arthur Sullivan; William S Gilbert
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Ainger
ISBN: 0195147693 9780195147698 9780195386936 0195386930
OCLC Number: 48501281
Description: xv, 504 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Gilbert's family tree --
Sullivan's family tree --
Curtain-Raiser: The London Grocer and the Irish Soldier --
1836-1866 By Different Routes to the Stage Door --
1836-1853 Gilbert: A Dramatic Childhood; Sullivan: A Musical Background --
1853-1858 The Chapel Royal and King's College --
1858-1862 Sullivan at Leipzig; Gilbert at Law --
1863-1866 Gilbert and Sullivan: The Ballad Writers --
1867-1877 Establishing Reputations: From Cox and Box to The Sorcerer --
1867-1868 Gilbert and Sullivan in the Theater --
1869-1871 The Meeting of Gilbert and Sullivan--Thespis --
1872-1873 Different Worlds: Gilbert's The Wicked World; Sullivan's The Light of the World --
1874-1875 Trial by Jury --
1875-1876 In Search of a Manager --
1876 Sullivan Is Honored; Gilbert Is Ridiculed --
1877 The Comedy Opera Company and The Sorcerer --
1877-1884 The G&S Phenomenon: From HMS Pinafore to Princess Ida --
1877-1878 HMS Pinafore --
1878-1879 Troubled Waters --
1879-1880 America and The Pirates of Penzance --
1880-1881 Patience --
1881 The Savoy Theatre --
1881-1882 Iolanthe --
1883-1884 Princess Ida --
1884-1891 The Golden Years: From The Mikado to the Carpet Quarrel --
1884-1885 The Mikado --
1885-1887 Ruddigore --
1887-1888 "A Fresh Start" --
1888 "A New Departure"--The Yeomen of the Guard --
1888-1889 "I Have Lost the Liking for Writing Comic Opera" --
1889 The Gondoliers --
1889-1890 Carpets, Etc. --
1890-1891 Disentangling the Knot --
1891-1911 Utopia and Beyond --
1891-1893 Picking up the Thread --
1893 Utopia, Limited --
1893-1896 The Grand Duke.
Responsibility: Michael Ainger.
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"Introduced by a mutual colleague in the theater world, Gilbert and Sullivan followed very different paths to the stage door. Having survived an insecure childhood, Gilbert flourished as a financially successful theater professional, married happily, and established himself as a property owner. An extremely disciplined writer, he was also fiercely protective of the integrity of his work. By contrast, Sullivan enjoyed a stable and musical start in the midst of a supportive family, yet grew into a restless artist. His creative self-doubts and self-demands led to a nervous and physical breakdown.

But these doubts and demands also propelled the team to break the successful formula of their earlier work to produce more ambitious pieces of theater, including The Mikado and The Yeoman of the Guard." "The first joint biography of Gilbert and Sullivan based on original research in over half a century, the book draws from the recently available D'Oyly Carte collection of letters, as well as public records, manuscripts of the operas, and numerous other repositories of personal and professional correspondence. The result of meticulous research, this is a rich, thorough, and insightful account of two talented men and their combined artistic legacy."--BOOK JACKET.

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