The Triumph of Vice and Other Stories
Gilbert's libretti of the comic operas composed by ArthurSullivan are hugely well known, and lines such as "let thepunishment fit the crime" have entered the English lexicon - buthis short stories also deserve to be rediscovered by the modernreader. This collection, carefully curated by the secretary of theW.S. Gilbert Society, brings together the best of these sharp,clever, comical tales - many of which are published here for thefirst time since their first appearance in ephemeral magazines -enriched with the author's own illustrations. The stories featuremany of the powerful motifs so associated with his work - fairies,elixirs, magic - and a wide variety of characters - from burglarsto barristers and shopkeepers to gentlemen.