Bailey, Leslie. The Gilbert and Sullivan Book. London: Spring Books, 1966. Informative and richly illustrated. This examination of Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan grew out of a series of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) radio broadcasts. Although knowledgeable, accurate, and complete, it maintains a popular quality, telling of the successes and failures of the team and commenting upon the two artists’ works. Richly illustrated, bibliography, and index.
Crowther, Andrew. Contradiction Contradicted: The Plays of W. S. Gilbert. Cranbury, N. J.: Associated University Presses, 2000. Criticism and interpretation of the plays of Gilbert. Bibliography and index.
Darlington, W. A. The World of Gilbert and Sullivan. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1950. Darlington provides the social context for the Savoy operas, providing a great wealth of local allusion, which should help the modern reader more fully to appreciate, understand, and enjoy Gilbert’s scripts. Includes a dictionary-index of opera characters and a subject index.
Dunn, George F. A Gilbert and Sullivan Dictionary. 1936. Reprint. Folcroft, Pa.: Folcroft Library Editions, 1973. Explains many topical allusions in the works.
Finch, Michael. Gilbert and Sullivan. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1993. A look at the collaboration between Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan. Bibliography and index.
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