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by Jane W. Stedman


S. Gilbert was one of the giants of nineteenth-century Victorian theatre.

S. He was already the leading young dramatist of his day when he began his celebrated collaboration with Arthur Sullivan, a partnership that produced the great Savoy Operas-still the most popular light operas in the world-and established him at the pinacle of his craft.

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.

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While wryly recounting Gilbert's unhappy first romance (before a long happy marriage) and his many feuds and lawsuits, she firmly rejects the familiar portrait of a misogynistic curmudgeon. Stedman's treatment of the Gilbert & Sullivan classics, however, is seriously lopsided.

His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, was published in 1836, and his last Our Mutual Friend between 1864–5. Retrieved 15 September 2012. Stedman, Jane W. (1996). W. S. Gilbert, A Classic Victorian & His Theatre, pp. 26–29. Oxford University Press. William Thackeray's (1811–1863) most famous work Vanity Fair appeared in 1848, and the three Brontë sisters, Charlotte (1816–55), Emily (1818–48) and Anne (1820–49), also published significant works in the 1840s.

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911) was the most brilliant dramatist of Victorian England. His plays were considered daring and cynical, and he was the forerunner of Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911) was the most brilliant dramatist of Victorian England. His plays were considered daring and cynical, and he was 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.

The obstinately long-lived popularity of Gilbert and Sullivan’s light operas has often been called a symptom of our nostalgia for things Victorian-and so Ian Bradley calls it in his massive new compilation. We crave, it is claimed, a simpler age: a time of innocence (for which read asexuality and fun poked at slant-eyed foreigners ). All I can say is God help the historian who looks to . Pinafore or The Mikado for precise reflections of their times.

Of the biographies devoted simply to outlining and briefly discussing Sir Gilbert's life, Gilbert: His Life and Strife, by Pearson (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1957) and . Gilbert: A Classic Victorian and His Theater, by Jane W. Stedman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996) are quite good, but the latter is much more readable to the contemporary reader, and seems to. contain more information at the same time. Other benefits of the Stedman work include chapters about burlesque and fairy books, and Gilbert's method of composition

Gilbert: A Classic Victorian and His Theatre, Jane W. Stedman. Oxford Univ Press, 1986). Gilbert & Sullivan and Their Victorian World, Christopher Hibbert.

Gilbert: A Classic Victorian and His Theatre, Jane W. Gilbert and Sullivan: The Creative Conflict, David Eden. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1986). Gilbert and Sullivan Opera: An Assessment, Audrey Williamson. Marion Boyars, 1983). The Story of the Savoy Opera in Gilbert and Sullivan Days, . Perseus Books, 1979). Gilbert, Max Keith Sutton. Gilbert and Sullivan: Lost Chords and Discords, Caryl Brahms. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1975). The World of Gilbert and Sullivan, William A. Darlington.

W. S. Gilbert was one of the giants of nineteenth-century Victorian theatre. He was already the leading young dramatist of his day when he began his celebrated collaboration with Arthur Sullivan, a partnership that produced the great Savoy Operas--still the most popular light operas in the world--and established him at the pinacle of his craft. Now, in W. S. Gilbert: A Classic Victorian and His Theatre, Jane W. Stedman provides an insightful biography of this major theatrical figure. To write this biography, Stedman has returned to the original sources, has talked or corresponded with survivors of Gilbert's generation who knew him, researched deeply into Victorian publications such as Punch, Athenaeum, and Theatre, and has had access to hitherto unpublished materials. The result is not only the most accurate biography of Gilbert ever written, but also the most finely textured, revealing a Gilbert of more complexity and interest than has emerged before. Stedman covers his entire career, including his early journalism, his writing of the Bab Ballads (which are still in print today), theatrical works such as The Palace of Truth, The Wicked World, and Pygmalion and Galatea, and of course his collaboration with Arthur Sullivan. The author also illuminates Gilbert's private life, including a hitherto undiscovered early romantic attachment, and his life-long work for the social acceptance of the theatre and of theatre people, both on and off the stage. A perfect companion volume to Arthur Jacobs's Arthur Sullivan: A Victorian Musician, this deeply researched, vividly written biography will enthrall all fans of Gilbert and Sullivan and anyone interested in the Victorian theatre.

W. S. Gilbert: A Classic Victorian and His Theatre epub download

ISBN13: 978-0198161745

ISBN: 0198161743

Author: Jane W. Stedman

Category: Bio and Memoris

Subcategory: Arts & Literature

Language: English

Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (September 5, 1996)

Pages: 416 pages

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