CILBERT AND SULLIVAN by Norman Wymer

CILBERT AND SULLIVAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The stormy partnership between Gilbert, the temperamental literary genius, and Sullivan, the aggressive, musical mastermind, deserved a defter and more dramatic handling than this. After briefly describing the early life of each man and the events leading to their partnership, Wymer turns to a methodical discussion of each operatta, its conception in Gilbert's mind, its development at the hands of Sullivan, its audience reception. While the material presented appears to be factually sound, a freer hand with the sources, more dialogue and action, less straight narration would have contributed to a better sense of interpretation, even possibly at sacrifice of objectivity. Young people today are being exposed again to the classic operettas, and this will give them some of the background.

Pub Date: March 29th, 1963
Publisher: Dutton