Sir W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) are best remembered today for the fourteen Savoy comic operas on which they collaborated between 1871 and 1896. But Gilbert also dominated the British dramatic stage for more than 30 years, and Sullivan was recognized at an early age as the composer of serious works. This book identifies 968 articles, monographs, and dissertations by and about Gilbert and Sullivan. Works of history and analysis cover their lives, their separate and joint professional careers, and the Victorian world in which they lived and worked. Dillard also identifies and describes the products of their genius_poems, plays, librettos, and musical scores. He has examined over 90% of the entries to ensure the existence of the items cited and the accuracy of information about them.
Philip H. Dillard (Ed.D., Indiana University) teaches courses in instructional media for Southern Utah University. An unrepentant Savoyard, he delights in Gilbert's witty lyrics and sense of the absurdity of the human condition and in Sullivan's inexhaustible supply of beautiful melodies and harmonies.