The Bab Ballads

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William Schwenck Gilbert, James Ellis
Harvard University Press, 1980 - Literary Criticism - 368 pages
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W. S. Gilbert, renowned author of the Savoy Operas, was also the creator of the Bab Ballads--"possibly the best comic verse--and surely the best illustrated--in the English language," according to James Ellis. Gilbert published these poems, together with his own, grotesque drawings signed "Bab," a childhood nickname, in Fun and other magazines in the late nineteenth century.

In 1898, the older and by then distinguished Gilbert substituted pallid and inoffensive drawings for the originals, which he had come to believe "erred gravely in the direction of unnecessary extravagance." Since then the ballads have been collected and published in various editions, most of which have featured the revised drawings and only a selection of the poems.

This is the only book to offer the complete collection of ballads with all original illustrations, a tribute to the comic genius of a writer known as "the most original dramatist of his generation." This collection will delight readers with its irreverence and wit.

  

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Contents

The Bab Ballads
3
The Advent of Spring
33
The Cattle Show Fun
34
The Cattle Show The Comic News
36
Sixtythree and Sixtyfour
37
The Dream
39
The Baron Klopfzetterheim
41
Down to the Derby
51
The Troubadour 212 Lost Mr Blake
111
Ben Allah Achmet or The Fatal Turn 216 Little Oliver
113
The Folly of Brown 218 What is a Burlesque?
115
Joe Golightly or The First Lords 220 The Phantom Head Daughter 222 The Politest of Nations
118
The Rival Curates 223 Womans Gratitude
120
Thomas Winterbottom Hance 225 The Babys Vengeance
122
A and B or The Sensation Twins 229 The Two Ogres
124
SeaSide Snobs 231 Mister William
126

Something Like Nonsense Verses
54
Ode to My Clothes
55
The Student
56
Tempora Mutantur
58
The Bachelors Strike
59
A Bad Night of
60
To Phoebe
61
Ozone
62
To the Terrestrial Globe
63
The Monkey in Trouble 64 Back Again
64
To My Absent Husband
65
Musings in a Music Hall 66 Pantomimic Presentiments
66
The Bar and Its Moaning
68
To Euphrosyne 69 The Phantom Curate
69
To a Little Maid
71
Ferdinando and Elvira or The Gentle Pieman
72
The Pantomime Super to His Mask
74
The Yarn of the Nancy Bell
76
Monsieur Le Blond on London
79
Haunted
81
The Reverend Rawston Wright
82
The Story of Gentle Archibald
83
To My Bride
86
Only a Dancing Girl
88
To My Steed
89
King Borria Bungalee
90
Jack Casts His Shell
92
How to Write an Irish Drama 93 General John
93
Sir Guy the Crusader
95
Sir Galahad the Golumptious
97
Disillusioned
98
John and Freddy
100
Lorenzo de Lardy
101
The Bishop and the Busman
104
Babettes Love
106
Fanny and Jenny 211 The Undecided Man
108
Sir Macklin 212 Premonitory Symptoms
109
The Bishop of RumtiFoo 234 The Martinet
127
The Precocious Baby 236 The King of CanoodleDum
129
Baines Carew Gentleman 238 First Love
131
A Discontented Sugar Broker 240 The Haughty Actor
133
The Force of Argument 243 The Two Majors
135
At a Pantomime 246 The Three Bohemian Ones
137
The Three Kings of Chickeraboo 248 The Policemans Beard
139
The Periwinkle Girl 250 The Bishop of RumtiFoo Again
141
Captain Reece 252 A Worm Will Turn
143
Thomson Green and Harriet Hale 254 The Mystic Selvagee
145
Bob Polter 256 Emily John James and I
150
Ellen Mcjones Aberdeen 262 The Way of Wooing
152
The Sensation Captain 264 The Scornful Colonel
155
Trial by Jury 266 The Variable Baby
157
The Reverend Micah Sowls 268 The Ladies of the
160
Peter the Wag 271 Hongree and Mahry
162
The Story of Prince Agib 274 Etiquette
164
Gentle Alice Brown 278 The Reverend Simon Magus
166
Pasha Bailey Ben 280 My Dream
169
BlabworthcumTalkington 282 Damon v Pythias
172
The Sailor Boy to His Lass 284 The Bumboat Womans Story
174
Sir Conrad and the Rusty One 287 The Fairy Curate
176
The Cunning Woman 290 Phrenology
178
The Modest Couple 292 The Perils of Invisibility
180
The Bandoline Player 294 The Wise Policeman
183
Sir Barnaby Bampton Boo 296 A Drop of Pantomime Water
185
Boulogne 299 Old Paul and Old
187
Brave Alum Bey 302 Eheu Fugaces
190
Gregory Parable LL D 303 Jester James
193
LieutenantColonel Flare 307 The Policemans Story
196
The Hermit 309 The Thiefs Apology
198
Annie Protheroe 310 The King and the Stroller
200
The Captain and the Mermaids 311 The Return
204
An Unfortunate Likeness 313 Notes to the Ballads
206
A Boulogne Table dHote 365 Index of Titles
208
The Railway Guards Song 367 Index of First Lines
210
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About the author (1980)

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, KBE, was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator, best known for his fourteen comic operas produced in collaboration with the composer Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan, of which the most famous include "H.M.S. Pinafore", "The Pirates of Penzance", and "The Mikado".

James Ellis has been directing and performing in Gilbert and Sullivan operas for almost fifty years. He was for many years Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College.

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