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The Story of the Mikado

The Story of the Mikado by W. S. Gilbert
By: (1836-1911)

The Story of the Mikado by W. S. Gilbert is a delightful and entertaining tale filled with humor, music, and drama. The characters are colorful and memorable, from the pompous Lord High Executioner to the lovestruck Nanki-Poo. The plot twists and turns, keeping readers engaged and entertained from start to finish.

One of the highlights of the book is its witty and clever dialogue, which is filled with wordplay and puns. The songs are also a joy to read, with their catchy melodies and clever lyrics adding another layer of enjoyment to the story.

Overall, The Story of the Mikado is a charming and delightful read that is sure to entertain readers of all ages. Fans of musical theater, comedy, and classic literature will especially enjoy this whimsical and charming tale.

Book Description:
The Mikado is the ninth of the 14 Gilbert and Sullivan musical collaborations. It opened in 1885, had the second longest run for any work of musical theatre of the time, and remains the most frequently performed Gilbert and Sullivan. It was adapted as a children's book by W. S. Gilbert entitled The Story of The Mikado, which was Gilbert's last literary work (and published posthumously). It is a retelling of The Mikado, with various changes to simplify language or make it more suitable for children.

This is that children's book. No singing or any of Sullivan's music, just Gilbert's witty words laid out - by him - in prose and poetry with amusing asides.

The Forward mentions some illustrations by Alice B. Woodward in the hardcopy, and they are lovely. They can be seen by following the e-text link to the actual scanned book if you wish.

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