Personalities | William Schwenk Gilbert | Turn of the Century | Opera
It was Gilbert’s dry, satirical wit that first gained him literary attention when, in the early 1860s, he began contributing to the comic journal Fun. Thereafter he acquired a name for himself through a succession of caustic plays before being introduced to Arthur Sullivan. The combination of Gilbert’s acerbic verse and Sullivan’s felicitous music made the pair into national stars. Their often tempestuous relationship lasted for 25 years, during which time they produced many works that remain popular today. Gilbert continued to write after taking official retirement and died, gallantly, rescuing a woman from drowning.
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