The Bab Ballads

W. S. GILBERT (1836 - 1911)

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

Genre(s): Humorous Fiction, Poetry, Ballads

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Captain Reece Graham Redman
00:04:55
Play 02 The Rival Curates Graham Redman
00:04:07
Play 03 Only A Dancing Girl Graham Redman
00:02:29
Play 04 General John Graham Redman
00:02:55
Play 05 To A Little Maid - By A Policeman Graham Redman
00:01:32
Play 06 John And Freddy Graham Redman
00:03:36
Play 07 Sir Guy The Crusader Graham Redman
00:03:00
Play 08 Haunted Graham Redman
00:03:51
Play 09 The Bishop And The 'Busman Graham Redman
00:03:56
Play 10 The Troubadour Graham Redman
00:04:14
Play 11 Ferdinando And Elvira; Or, The Gentle Pieman Graham Redman
00:05:24
Play 12 Lorenzo De Lardy Graham Redman
00:04:20
Play 13 Disillusioned - By An Ex-Enthusiast Graham Redman
00:03:02
Play 14 Babette's Love Graham Redman
00:04:28
Play 15 To My Bride - (Whoever She May Be) Graham Redman
00:03:09
Play 16 The Folly Of Brown - By A General Agent Graham Redman
00:04:25
Play 17 Sir Macklin Graham Redman
00:04:04
Play 18 The Yarn Of The "Nancy Bell" Graham Redman
00:04:54
Play 19 The Bishop Of Rum-Ti-Foo Graham Redman
00:04:40
Play 20 The Precocious Baby. A Very True Tale Graham Redman
00:04:08
Play 21 To Phoebe Graham Redman
00:01:13
Play 22 Baines Carew, Gentleman Graham Redman
00:04:45
Play 23 Thomas Winterbottom Hance Graham Redman
00:04:49
Play 24 The Reverend Micah Sowls Graham Redman
00:04:18
Play 25 A Discontented Sugar Broker Graham Redman
00:05:14
Play 26 The Pantomime "Super" To His Mask Graham Redman
00:03:11
Play 27 The Force Of Argument Graham Redman
00:04:32
Play 28 The Ghost, The Gallant, The Gael, And The Goblin Graham Redman
00:04:45
Play 29 The Phantom Curate. A Fable Graham Redman
00:04:24
Play 30 The Sensation Captain Graham Redman
00:05:00
Play 31 Tempora Mutantur Graham Redman
00:02:53
Play 32 At A Pantomime. By A Bilious One Graham Redman
00:04:07
Play 33 King Borria Bungalee Boo Graham Redman
00:05:11
Play 34 The Periwinkle Girl Graham Redman
00:04:02
Play 35 Thomson Green And Harriet Hale Graham Redman
00:03:53
Play 36 Bob Polter Graham Redman
00:05:14
Play 37 The Story Of Prince Agib Graham Redman
00:04:41
Play 38 Ellen McJones Aberdeen Graham Redman
00:05:40
Play 39 Peter The Wag Graham Redman
00:05:03
Play 40 Ben Allah Achmet; - Or, The Fatal Tum Graham Redman
00:04:37
Play 41 The Three Kings of Chickeraboo Graham Redman
00:04:18
Play 42 Joe Golightly - Or, The First Lord's Daughter Graham Redman
00:04:45
Play 43 To The Terrestrial Globe. By A Miserable Wretch Graham Redman
00:01:28
Play 44 Gentle Alice Brown Graham Redman
00:06:12