In this sparkling and witty biography the author contrasts the lives and characters of the two gifted men; the quarrelsome but kindhearted Gilbert, mocking with tongue and pen the follies of the era and the gentle, charming Sullivan, reveling in the life of high society but resentful that his comic operas won more fame that his oratorios, Gilbert and Sullivan thought themselves overshadowed by the other and believed that their best work had been achieved alone.
Only the clever management of the wily impresario, D’Oyly Carte, held them together for twenty five years and fourteen operas. With numerous quotations from letters, newspapers and documents of the time, and with 130 contemporary illustrations, the author recaptures the drama and the poignancy of the partnership which became a national institution. This 1975 first Amrican edition copy has an introduction by John Betjeman.
Condition: good with a neat inscription “name of previous owner” Dust wrapper: acceptable, covered in a protective cellophane. Hardcover. Tightly bound. Black cloth Fair wear and tear, shelf rubbed DW