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(Sir William Schwenk, 1836-1911, Librettist of Gilbert & Sullivan)
Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent
regretting that he has "no leisure to act as an Amateur publisher's reader. Your best plan is to get your MS type-written & it will then certainly be read by the reader of any publisher to whom you may sent it ...", 2 sides 8vo., Grim's Dyke, Harrow Weald headed paper, 21st July
GILBERT HAS "NO LEISURE TO ACT AS AN AMATEUR PUBLISHER'S READER"
Although Gilbert announced his retirement from the theatre after the short run of his last work with Sullivan,
The Grand Duke
in 1896 and the poor reception of his 1897 play
The Fortune Hunter
, he produced at least three more plays over the last dozen years of his life, including an unsuccessful opera,
(1909), with Edward German. Gilbert also continued to supervise the various revivals of his works by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, including its London Repertory seasons in 1906–09.
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