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Gilbert and Sullivan: A Dual Biography

Michael Ainger


“A Gilbert is of no use without a Sullivan”—with those words, W. S. Gilbert summed up his reasons for persisting in his collaboration with Arthur Sullivan despite the combative nature of their relationship. In fact, this book suggests that the pair's success is a direct result of their personality clash, as each partner challenged the other to produce his best work. After research into the D'Oyly Carte collection of documents, the author offers a detailed account of Gilbert and Sullivan's starkly different backgrounds and long working partnership. Having survived an impoverished and insecure c ... More

Keywords: W.S. Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan, D'Oyly Carte, The Mikado, Yeoman, draft librettos

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195147698
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147698.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Ainger, author

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Part I 1836–1866 By Different Routes to the Stage Door

Part II 1867–1868 Establishing Reputations: From Cox and Box to The Sorcerer

Part III 1877–1884 The G&S Phenomenon: From HMS Pinafore to Princess Ida

Part IV 1884–1891 The Golden Years: From The Mikado to the Carpet Quarrel

Part V 1891–1911 Utopia and Beyond