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The Bab Ballads

W. S. Gilbert

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 humour 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 humour. 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". (summary from wikipedia)e-text with illustrations

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 humour 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 humour. 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". (summary from wikipedia)e-text with illustrations
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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 humour 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 humour. 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". (summary from wikipedia)e-text with illustrations

Language:

English

Narrators:

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Length:

3h 2m


Chapters

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04:55

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:56


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:52


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:26


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:46


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:12


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:33


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:46


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:25


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:54


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:08


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:13


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:54


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:15


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:41


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:04


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:38


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:19


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

01:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:13