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The Complete Annotated Gilbert and Sullivan


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Table of Contents

Introduction Suggestions for Further Reading Trial by Jury The Sorcerer H.M.S Pinafore The Pirates of Penzance Patience Iolanthe Princess Ida The Mikado Ruddigore The Yeomen of the Guard The Gondoliers Utopia Limited The Grand Duke

About the Author

Ian Bradley is an historian and the author of a number of books on 19th century liberalism. He is now a minister of the Church of Scotland, living in St Andrews and Senior Lecturer in Practical Theology in the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews.


Lovers of Gilbert and Sullivan will be in heaven with the publication of these two books, which nicely complement each other. Stedman (English, Roosevelt Univ., Chicago) offers an outstanding study of this playwright and his often overlooked works, with much of its value deriving from its study of Gilbert without Sullivan. The author is a recognized expert on Gilbert as well as the Victorian time period, and she shows him to be a complex and interesting man who often found himself at odds with his time. Stedman highlights his contribution to Victorian theater as a forerunner of Wilde and Shaw. She also exposes some of the myths about Gilbert (and his relationship with Sullivan) that have been perpetrated by earlier writers. The index and bibliography are excellent. The annotated collection serves a dual purpose: Readers can now sing along with any Gilbert and Sullivan song and know all the words, and they will understand everything the song was meant to convey. This volume combines two previously published paperbacks from Penguin and adds the libretti to The Grand Duke and Utopia Limited. All notes are on the left page, and the actual song texts (complete with stage directions) are on the facing right page. There are also new introductions to each opera, a new introduction to the volume, and corrections to the original text. Print and text layout are very good. Both titles are recommended for public and academic libraries, as well as libraries with theater holdings.‘Susan L. Peters, Emory Univ., Atlanta, Ga.

a beautifully produced door-stopper of a book. Times Literary Supplement Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about G&S here comes another book with even more information to swell the cards of Trivial Pursuit. Musical Opinion superbly edited by Ian Bradley with a succinct but informative introduction to each opera and copiously detailed notes explaining away the wildest fancies of Gilbert's wide-ranging erudition. Classical Music

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