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W.S. Gilbert : a classic Victorian and his theatre

Author: Jane W Stedman
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911) was the most brilliant dramatist of Victorian England. A daring and cynical playwright, the forerunner of Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, he was also a prolific journalist and humorous poet (his Bab Ballads are still widely read), and he achieved worldwide fame through his long collaboration with the composer Arthur Sullivan, a collaboration that created such classics as
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: W S Gilbert; W S Gilbert; W S Gilbert; W S Gilbert; William S Gilbert; William Schwenck Gilbert; William S Gilbert
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane W Stedman
ISBN: 0198161743 9780198161745
OCLC Number: 32890758
Description: xviii, 374 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: A miscellany of beginnings --
The 1860's: first pages --
The 1860's: first stages --
Love, marriage, farce and burlesque --
Babs, Reeds, and Druidesses --
Burlesque into fairy play --
A wicked world --
a happy land --
Problem plays and sweethearts --
Operatical, comical, tragical --
Storms and clear sailing --
Not poetic but aesthetic --
At the Savoy --
A short chapter in method --
The Mikado and after --
Doing and undoing --
Stringing the lyre with a tangled skein --
The road to utopia --
Other voices --
other tunes --
Growing on the sunny side --
Quick curtain.
Other Titles: WS Gilbert
Responsibility: Jane W. Stedman.
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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911) was the most brilliant dramatist of Victorian England. A daring and cynical playwright, the forerunner of Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, he was also a prolific journalist and humorous poet (his Bab Ballads are still widely read), and he achieved worldwide fame through his long collaboration with the composer Arthur Sullivan, a collaboration that created such classics as H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, and all the other Savoy.

Operas. Now the story of this remarkable writer's life - and of his stormy relationship with Sullivan - is here chronicled by a renowned authority on Gilbert and on the theatrical and literary scene in Victorian London. For this biography, Jane W. Stedman has returned to original sources, has interviewed survivors, and has scoured a whole variety of Victorian periodicals for reviews, and personal comment. Gilbert emerges as a much more complex and interesting figure than.

Has previously been thought. The book is a worthy companion piece to Arthur Jacobs's recent biography Arthur Sullivan: A Victorian Musician.

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