Bab Ballads (version 2)

Bab Ballads (version 2)

Author: W. S. Gilbert
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Duration: 2:50:20
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Bab Ballads (version 2)

The Bab Ballads are a collection of light verse by W. S. Gilbert, illustrat
The Bab Ballads are a collection of light verse by W. S. Gilbert, illustrated with his own comic drawings. Gilbert wrote the Ballads before he became famous for his comic opera librettos with Arthur Sullivan. In writing the Bab Ballads, Gilbert developed his unique "topsy-turvy" style, where the humor was derived by setting up a ridiculous premise and working out its logical consequences, however absurd. The Ballads also reveal Gilbert's cynical and satirical approach to humor. They became famous on their own, as well as being a source for plot elements, characters and songs that Gilbert would recycle in the Gilbert and Sullivan operas. The Bab Ballads take their name from Gilbert's childhood nickname, and he later began to sign his illustrations "Bab". Nothing else quite like the Ballads has ever been produced in the English language. They contain both satire and nonsense, as well as a great deal of utter absurdity. The Ballads were read aloud at private dinner-parties, public banquets and even in the House of Lords. Summary by Wikipedia and Phil Chenevert

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44 chapters
2:50:20 hrs listen time
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Captain Reece
W. S. Gilbert
The Rival Curates
W. S. Gilbert
Only A Dancing Girl
W. S. Gilbert
General John
W. S. Gilbert
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Chapters (complete)

Captain Reece
W. S. Gilbert
The Rival Curates
W. S. Gilbert
Only A Dancing Girl
W. S. Gilbert
General John
W. S. Gilbert
To A Little Maid—By A Policeman
W. S. Gilbert
John And Freddy
W. S. Gilbert
Sir Guy The Crusader
W. S. Gilbert
Haunted
W. S. Gilbert
The Bishop And The `Busman
W. S. Gilbert
The Troubadour
W. S. Gilbert
Ferdinando And Elvira; Or, The Gentle Pieman
W. S. Gilbert
Lorenzo De Lardy
W. S. Gilbert
Disillusioned—By An Ex-Enthusiast
W. S. Gilbert
Babette’s Love
W. S. Gilbert
To My Bride—(Whoever She May Be)
W. S. Gilbert
The Folly Of Brown—By A General Agent
W. S. Gilbert
Sir Macklin
W. S. Gilbert
The Yarn Of The “Nancy Bell”
W. S. Gilbert
The Bishop Of Rum-Ti-Foo
W. S. Gilbert
The Precocious Baby. A Very True Tale
W. S. Gilbert
To Phoebe
W. S. Gilbert
Baines Carew, Gentleman
W. S. Gilbert
Thomas Winterbottom Hance
W. S. Gilbert
The Reverend Micah Sowls
W. S. Gilbert
A Discontented Sugar Broker
W. S. Gilbert
The Pantomime “Super” To His Mask
W. S. Gilbert
The Force Of Argument
W. S. Gilbert
The Ghost, The Gallant, The Gael, And The Goblin
W. S. Gilbert
The Phantom Curate. A Fable
W. S. Gilbert
The Sensation Captain
W. S. Gilbert
Tempora Mutantur
W. S. Gilbert
At A Pantomime. By A Bilious One
W. S. Gilbert
King Borria Bungalee Boo
W. S. Gilbert
The Periwinkle Girl
W. S. Gilbert
Thomson Green And Harriet Hale
W. S. Gilbert
Bob Polter
W. S. Gilbert
The Story Of Prince Agib
W. S. Gilbert
Ellen McJones Aberdeen
W. S. Gilbert
Peter The Wag
W. S. Gilbert
Ben Allah Achmet;—Or, The Fatal Tum
W. S. Gilbert
The Three Kings Of Chickeraboo
W. S. Gilbert
Joe Golightly—Or, The First Lord’s Daughter
W. S. Gilbert
To The Terrestrial Globe. By A Miserable Wretch
W. S. Gilbert
Gentle Alice Brown
W. S. Gilbert