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The Bab Ballads Paperback – September 26, 2013
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The Bab Ballads of W. S. Gilbert, admirably introduced and annotated by James Ellis, is a real treat. (New Yorker)
Thanks to Mr. Ellis, all the known poems...dress-rehearsals as it were for the operas, are now printed together. And of course they are accompanied by the original Chesterton-delighting illustrations. (Christian Science Monitor) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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James Ellis has been directing and performing in Gilbert and Sullivan operas for almost fifty years. He was for many years Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College.
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"Bab," by the way, was Gilbert's baby nickname; and his use of it tells us a lot about his personality.
Dove Audio, however, has packaged these two cassettes with no table of contents at all; and so there is no way to tell ahead of time exactly what Bab Ballads are recorded, which is really an intolerable situation for an item like this. Also the use of "unabridged" at the top of this Amazon.com page is misleading. While each poem is in fact complete, there are represented here only a very small portion of Gilbert's BB output. What we do have is excellently done, but the 3 hours on these tapes do not hold an "unabridged" collection by any means.
At reviewing dear old Bab
(Who is Gilbert sans the music of Sir Arthur)
They maintain a meter clever
The best topsy-turvy ever
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