W. S. Gilbert, His Life and Letters

W. S. Gilbert, His Life and Letters

W. S. Gilbert, His Life and Letters

W. S. Gilbert, His Life and Letters

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My friend, the late Henry Rowland-Brown, an intimate friend of Sir W. S. Gilbert in the later years of his life, had intended to write the biography of the author of the Bab Ballads and the Savoy libretti. The war and the long serious illness that finally occasioned his death prevented him from carrying out his intention. He left behind him certain memoranda, and before his death, he had related to his sister, Miss Rowland Grey, a vast amount of Gilbertiana, without which this book could hardly have been written. Miss Rowland Grey's knowledge and enthusiasm have made it possible to attempt the task.

We have had most kindly and gracious help from Lady Gilbert, and to her and to Miss Nancy McIntosh we are under a great debt of obligation, as we are to Mr. Rupert Carte and to the numerous ladies and gentlemen, mentioned in the course of the biography, who have lent us letters and have given us their recollections of Sir William Gilbert at various times of his life. We are also indebted to the Editors of the Cornhill Magazine and the Strand Magazine for permission to use certain letters that have been printed in their columns.

S. D.

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