Other Literary Forms

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)
ph_0111205124-Gilbert_WS.jpg W. S. Gilbert Published by Salem Press, Inc.

Apart from his writing for the theater, W. S. Gilbert’s principal literary accomplishment is The Bab Ballads (1869), whimsical verses that he illustrated himself. Originally published in comic journals such as Fun and Punch, they are generally regarded as the well from which Gilbert drew many of the songs and situations of his comic operas.