Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan: His Life and Character

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The History Press, Apr 11, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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The life of Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, one half of Gilbert & Sullivan The author of The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, W. S. Gilbert—a witty, caustic, and disrespectful man—was one of the celebrities of the late Victorian age, and in this book his glorious, contradictory character is explored and brought vividly to life. In his time he was many things: journalist, theater critic, cartoonist, comic poet, stage director, short story writer, and dramatist. He wrote the most brilliantly inventive plays of his time, a political satire he wrote was banned by the Lord Chamberlain at the personal insistence of the Prince of Wales, and with Arthur Sullivan he wrote comic operas that defined the age. He became richer and more famous than he could have imagined, but at the price of his artistic freedom. This is the story of an angry and quarrelsome man, discontented with himself and the age he lived in, raging at life’s absurdities and laughing at them.

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Title Page Dedication Epigraph Preface
The Gilbert Family 183653
Drifting 185361
Bohemian Nights 186164
The Road to Recognition 186566
Enfant Terrible
Marriage 1867
Bab Ballads and Burlesques 186769
In Demand 186972
The Lord High Disinfectant 1873
The End of the Beginning 187475
Trial and Tribulation 187577
A Very English Opera 1877
Harlequinade 1878
All Ablaze 187881

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Andrew Crowther is the secretary of the W S Gilbert Society and the author of Contradiction Contradicted: the Plays of W S Gilbert.

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