Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

Standard Name: Gilbert, Sir William Schwenck
Used Form: Sir W. S. Gilbert


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Cultural formation Barbara Pym
BP 's sister calls their childhood happy, unclouded.
Pym, Barbara. “Editorial Materials”. A Very Private Eye, edited by Hazel Holt and Hilary Pym, Macmillan, p. various pages.
Their family lived in comfortable circumstances, and their main childhood home was a substantial house with a large garden. They had servants, and kept a...
Family and Intimate relationships E. M. Delafield
EMD 's mother, Elizabeth Lydia Rosabelle (Bonham) de la Pasture , was a popular and prolific novelist whose work was admired by writers as far-ranging as Ivy Compton-Burnett and Evelyn Waugh . She wrote to...
Intertextuality and Influence Wendy Cope
WC says she has been influenced by Gilbert and Sullivan (one of whose patter songs provides the template for At 70: Of fitness and vitality I am not the epitome) and by Philip Larkin
Intertextuality and Influence Amy Levy
AL acknowledged the influence on her poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley , Goethe , Heine , Robert Browning , Swinburne (whose poem Félise she answered in Félise to Her Lover), and James Thomson (the...
Intertextuality and Influence Barbara Pym
Since Barbara's parents had performed in several musical operettas, and the whole family enjoyed Gilbert and Sullivan in particular, the children were comfortable with the form.
Pym, Barbara. “Editorial Materials”. A Very Private Eye, edited by Hazel Holt and Hilary Pym, Macmillan, p. various pages.
Leisure and Society Kate O'Brien
Having delighted in operatic music since her first introduction to Gilbert and Sullivan at an early age, she was admitted to listen to Maria Callas singing in a rehearsal of operas by Gluck and Verdi
Leisure and Society Margaret Haig, Viscountess Rhondda
After her schooling at St Leonard's and before her brief time at Oxford , Margaret Haig Thomas (later MHVR ) was a debutante for three years, during which time she was bored and suffocated by...
Leisure and Society Oscar Wilde
Gilbert and Sullivan 's comic opera Patience opened at the Savoy Theatre ; it mocked OW as the fleshly poet Bunthorne (in, coincidentally, the first English theatre production to use electric lighting on stage).
Ellmann, Richard. Oscar Wilde. Knopf.
Booth, Michael R. Theatre in the Victorian Age. Cambridge University Press.
90, chronology
Occupation Florence Marryat
A woman of varied accomplishments,
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
FM was said to have managed a school of journalism in addition to being an actress, singer (for some years distinguished upon the operatic stage),
Swan, Annie S. The Woman at Home. Warwick Magazine Company.
5 (1897): 191
Performance of text Frances Cornford
When Frances Cornford was a child, she and her cousin Gwen were the two chief writers of the annual Darwin family Christmas play. This was written in Gilbert and Sullivan style, with complicated plots and...
Reception Henrietta Maria Bowdler
Notable among users of the verb to bowdlerize, deriving from the work of Harriet and Thomas, was W. S. Gilbert in the Gilbert and Sullivan light opera Princess Ida, 1884, which spoofs the...
Textual Features Wendy Cope
Yet the casual virtuosity of this poem is a kind of consolation. WC 's assets include the power of compression and the power of brevity, sometimes Larkin esque (as in the conclusion of Bloody Men...
Textual Features Carol Ann Duffy
Many poems here feature women answering back to canonical male voices: Liz Lochhead to Donne , Jenny Joseph to W. S. Gilbert , U. A. Fanthorpe to Walt Whitman , Wendy Cope to A. E. Housman
Textual Production Harriett Jay
By 10 November 1898 they had colllaborated on an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas 's play Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr as the romantic comedy Two Little Maids from School (its title adapted from a song in...
Textual Production Ethel Smyth
ES published in The London Mercury an article entitled Delirious Tempi in Music, arguing that conductors were taking Gilbert and Sullivan too fast.
Woolf, Virginia. The Letters of Virginia Woolf. Editors Nicolson, Nigel and Joanne Trautmann, Hogarth Press.
5: 122n2


November 1847: Alfred Tennyson published The Princess: A...

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November 1847

Alfred Tennyson published The Princess: A Medley.

25 March 1875: Trial by Jury, the first light opera by Sir...

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25 March 1875

Trial by Jury, the first light opera by Sir W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan , opened on stage; it was published, with the score, in 1888.

10 October 1881: The Savoy Theatre in the Strand was opened...

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10 October 1881

The Savoy Theatre in the Strand was opened to perform Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

5 January 1884: Sir W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan's...

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5 January 1884

Sir W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan 's Princess Ida has its first performance, at the Savoy Theatre in London.

14 March 1885: The Mikado; Or, The Town of Titipu, by Gilbert...

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14 March 1885

The Mikado; Or, The Town of Titipu, by Gilbert and Sullivan , was first performed: its Japanese setting was topical, since Japan had first opened to trade with the world two years previously.

24 April 1889: The Garrick Theatre opened in Charing Cross...

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24 April 1889

The Garrick Theatre opened in Charing Cross Road, London.


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