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THE COMPLETE ANNOTATED GILBERT AND SULLIVAN
Ian Bradley
OUP Oxford (New Edition)
Paperback - 1214 pages

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This is the single most important book in the library of a Gilbert and Sullivan lover. It contains the entire text of the 14 Savoy operas as now generally performed on the right hand page whilst on the left hand page Ian Bradley has noted explanations of words and phrases and also includes the words of many songs and sections of libretto that were cut from the repertoire by Gilbert. The book is well researched and full of useful information.
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GILBERT & SULLIVAN OPERA: AN ASSESSMENT
Williamson Audrey
Marion Boyars Publishers
Paperback 356 pages

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GILBERT & SULLIVAN: An Introduction to the Operettas
[Audiobook] 
Label: Naxos Audiobooks
Written by: Thomson Smillie
Narrated by: David Timson

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GILBERT & SULLIVAN AND THE SAVOY OPERAS
Michael Ffinch
Weidenfeld & Nicholson
Hardback - 304 pages

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The names of Gilbert and Sullivan are as irrevocably linked as Laurel and Hardy. The influence of these two extraordinary men on the language and style of the 19th century theatre was unique. In England they changed a whole generation's idea of the theatre, and in America they sparked off a craze for musical comedy which has endured to the 1990s. In this biography, Michael Finch traces the lives of writer and composer, both individually and as a partnership - a partnership which owes much to the creative enterprise and single-mindedness of Richard D'Oyly Carte. He writes of their temporary estrangement, their reconciliation, and, most importantly, discusses each of the operas from conception to performance.

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GILBERT AND SULLIVAN AND THEIR OPERAS: 
With Recollections and Anecdotes of D'Oyly Carte and Other Famous Savoyards (1914) 
Francois Cellier, Cunningham Bridgeman
Kessinger Publishing (2008)
Paperback - 548 pages

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Operetta - A Theatrical History
Richard Traubner
Taylor & Francis Ltd (2003)
Paperback - 496 pages

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Description
Operetta: A Theatrical History is considered the classic history of this important musical theater form. Traubner's book, first published in 1983, is still recognized as the key history of the people and productions that made operetta a worldwide phenomenon. Beginning in mid-19th century Europe, the book covers all of the key developments in the form, including the landmark works by Strauss and his followers, Gilbert & Sullivan, Franz Lehar, Rudolf Friml, Victor Herbert, and many more. The book perfectly captures the champagne-and-ballroom atmosphere of the greatest works in the genre. It will appeal to all fans of musical theatre history.

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THE LAST PIRATE: 
TALES FROM THE GILBERT & SULLIVAN OPERAS
Louis Untermeyer, Reginald Birch (Illustrator)
iUniverse.com
Paperback - 336 pages

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SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN: A RESOURCE BOOK
Philip H. Dillard
Scarecrow Press
Hardcover - 242 pages

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Book Description
The definitive resource on the composer who matched his melodious music to W.S. Gilbert's clever words provides a biography, brief sketches of his associates and contemporaries, and venues where his plays were performed. It includes a chart which lists fifty-four performers who appeared in his opera.

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INTRODUCTION TO GILBERT & SULLIVAN
Frederick Wilson
Dover Publications
Paperback - 112 pages

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A MOST INGENIOUS PARADOX:
THE ART OF GILBERT & SULLIVAN
Gayden Wren
Oxford University Press Inc, USA
Hardcover - 408 pages

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Book Description
Written more than a century ago, and initially regarded even by their creators as nothing more than light entertainment, the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan emerged over the course of the 20th century as the world's most popular body of musical-theatre works. Despite the works' resounding popularity and proven longevity however, most books written on Gilbert and Sullivan have focused on the authors, rather than their work. Examining all fourteen operas in detail, Gayden Wren offers a fresh look at the works themselves. He argues that the key to the operas' longevity lies not primarily in their clever lyrics, witty dialogue, or catchy music, but in the central themes underlying the characters and stories.

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CENTURY OF COMIC OPERAS:
A Tribute to Sir WS Gilbert and the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
T W Lowe (Editor)
Grayson & Lower
Paperback - 87 pages

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THE SAVOY OPERAS - A New Guide to Gilbert and Sullivan 
Geoffrey Smith 
St Martins Press 
Hardcover (1985) 

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Gilbert and Sullivan Alphabet of Artistes: 
Performance Record of D'Oyly Carte Personnel, 1875-1982 
Maurice Farrar 
Rhosearn Press (1999)
Hardcover Book - 267 pages  

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HERE'S A PRETTY MESS!: 
A New Guide to Gilbert and Sullivan Opera for the Amateur Performer and Enthusiast
David Bathurst
Romansmead Publications
Paperback - 256 pages
 

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THE GILBERT AND SULLIVAN COMPANION 
Leslie Ayre, Martyn Green (Foreword)

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The Complete Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Guide 
Alan Jefferson 

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A Gilbert & Sullivan Dictionary 
Dunn 
Da Capo Press 
Hardcover - 175 pages 

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A D'Oyly Carte album: 
A pictorial record of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas 
Roger Wood 

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Gilbert and Sullivan: The Official D'Oyly Carte Picture History 
Robin Wilson, Frederic Lloyd 

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The D'oyly Carte Opera Company in Gilbert and Sullivan operas: 
A record of productions, 1875-1961 
Cyril Rollins 
Joseph (1962) 
186 pages 

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Gilbert and Sullivan Journal 56 Year Index: 
Covering the Years 1925-81 (Vols.1-10) 
Geoffrey Dixon 
Rhosearn P. (1995) 
Rag Book - 150 pages 

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Sir William S Gilbert: 
A Study in Modern Satire a Handbook on Gilbert and Gilbert & Sullivan Operas 
Isaac Goldberg 
Best Books (2001) 
Hardcover 

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"Tit-willow" or Notes and Jottings on Gilbert and Sullivan Operas 
Guy H Walmisley, Claude Atherstone Walmisley 
CA Walmisley (1964)
Hardcover - 151 pages 

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Thespis: A Gilbert & Sullivan enigma 
Terence Rees 
Dillons University Book Shop / Waterstones

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The Savoy Stories: Transcribed from the Gilbert and Sullivan Operas 
Evelyn Gatliff 
Melbourne University Publishing (1950) 
Hardcover 163 pages 

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The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera, a History and a Comment 
Henry Mackinnon Walbrook 
Best Books (2001) 
Hardcover 

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Training the Gilbert and Sullivan chorus 
William Cox-Ife 
Chappell (1955)
98 pages 

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Gilbert and Sullivan: Catalogue of the collection of prints, photographs and models of the operas and their authors 
Whitbread & Co (1963) 
20 pages

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The Gilbert and Sullivan Lexicon in Which Is Gilded the Philosophic Pill (The Theatre Student) 
Harry Benford 
Library Binding  - Rosen Pub Group ( 1978)
Paperback - Sarah Jennings Pr (1991) 

Book Description
Paperback version features New Illustrations and the Complete Libretto for the Zoo 

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The Gilbert and Sullivan concordance: 
A word index to W.S. Gilbert's libretti for the fourteen Savoy Operas 
(The Garland reference library of the humanities) 
Geoffrey Dixon 
Garland (1987) 

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Gilbert and Sullivan Photofinder: 
An Index to Published Illustrations of Savoy Opera 
Geoffrey Dixon 
Rhosearn P. (1995) 
Paperback 234 pages 

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Gilbert and Sullivan: Their Lives and Times/Large Print 
Leslie Baily 
Penguin/Puffin Mass Market (Mm) (1979) 
Paperback 

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The Gilbert & Sullivan Book 
Leslie Baily 
Cassell  (1952) 
443 pages

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The Complete Operas of W. S. Gilbert
Deems Taylor 
Marboro Books (1986) 
Hardcover 

Book Description
All Thirteen Gilbert and Sullivan Operas Produced in the Years 1875-1896 

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Gilbert Before Sullivan: Six Comic Plays 
W S Gilbert, Jane W Stedman (Editor) 
Routledge (1969) 
Hardcover - 282 pages 

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Stories from Gilbert and Sullivan 
Gladys Davidson 
Laurie (1952) 
299 pages 

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Martyn Green's Treasury of Gilbert and Sullivan 
Martyn Green 
Simon & Schuster (1961) 
Hardcover 

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Here's a how-de-do: Travelling with Gilbert and Sullivan 
Martyn Green 
Reinhardt (1952) 
210 pages 

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Handbook of Gilbert and Sullivan 
Frank Ledlie Moore 
Schocken, NY (1976) 
Paperback 168 pages 

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Gilbert and Sullivan's Brilliant Nonsense: Topsy-turvydom Revisited 
(Allborough Collector's Library Series) 
A H Godwin 
Allborough Publishing (1992) 
Paperback - 330 pages 

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Gilbert and Sullivan opera: A new assessment 
Audrey Williamson 
Rockliff (1953)
292 pages

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Gilbert & Sullivan : The D'Oyly Carte Years
Robin Wilson, Frederic Lloyd 
Weidenfeld Nicolson Illustrated (1984) 
Hardcover 216 pages

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Corgi Book of Gilbert and Sullivan 
Corgi (1966) 
Paperback 400 pages 

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A picture history of Gilbert and Sullivan 
Raymond Mander 
Vista books (1962) 
160 pages

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Savoy Operas: Companion Guide to Gilbert and Sullivan 
Geoffrey Smith 
Hale (1983) 
Hardcover 240 pages

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Gilbert and Sullivan Operas 
Darlene Geis 
Random House Value Pub (1987) 
Hardcover

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