Picks and Pans Review: The Gilbert and Sullivan Operas

updated 12/12/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/12/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Darlene Geis

Keyed to the PBS series of 12 Gilbert and Sullivan operas that begins next year, this colorful book is the very model of a companion volume. It contains cast details and photographs from the English productions, an anecdotal history of the duo's partnership from their first collaboration in 1871 and lyrics from some favorite G&S songs. No scholarly tome, it demonstrates that in its sweeter moments, life indeed can be a pudding full of plums. (Abrams, $35)

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