The author of The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore and the other great Savoy libretti, W.S. Gilbert, witty, caustic and disrespectful, was one of the celebrities of the late Victorian age. In his time he had been many things: journalist, theatre critic, cartoonist, comic poet, stage director, writer of short stories and dramatist; a political satire he wrote was banned by the Lord Chamberlain at the personal insistence of the Prince of Wales. He wrote the most brilliantly inventive plays of his time. With Arthur Sullivan he wrote comic operas that defined the age. He became richer and more famous than he could have imagined, but at the price of his artistic freedom. This is the story of an angry and quarrelsome man, discontented with himself and the age he lived in, raging at life’s absurdities and laughing at them. In this book his glorious, contradictory character is explored and brought vividly to life.
Andrew Crowther was born in Bradford in 1969. He's been fascinated by the works of W S Gilbert since he was about fifteen, which is why he keeps writing about the man.
He wants it to be known that if you like any of his books you are actively encouraged to review them. Also if you dislike them. Even bad publicity is good publicity.
He writes plays as well, one of which has been seen at the Edinburgh Free Fringe.