Readership: Gilbert and Sullivan fans, performers, general music theatre readers.
""There are a multitude of books about Gilbert and Sullivan...many of them, as [Wren] duly notes, are sketchy or superficial. But no one could fairly throw these adjectives at A Most Ingenious Paradox itself. Mr. Wren argues his case in impressive detail."—The Wall Street Journal"
""Wren explores...with authority and brilliance"—Tim Page, The Washington Post"
""Wren's book is both a fascinating read and a valuable resource."—American Theatre"
""Wren's lengthy and intimate acquaintance with the works as performer, director and teacher allows him to write with affection in an uncluttered style that will please both the general reader and the scholar...Highly recommended." - -Library Journal"
""Essential to a full understanding and appreciation of the Gilbert & Sullivan operas...I kept nodding and thinking about most of his conclusions with 'Of course, I should have realized that years ago." - - Brattleboro Reformer"
""Wren is an excellent professor of G&S literature and makes an impressive number of points that will absorb (and sometimes annoy) advanced Savoyards."—Opera News"
""Wren is a gifted writer and gives his honest views with confidence, providing clear style of presentation, clarity of description and much to get one thinking."—Classical Music Web"
""Wren's analyses of The Mikado and The Gondoliers are models of their kind...Sometimes brilliant, occasionally maddening, Wren is almost unfailingly provocative."—Gramophone"
""Thoughtful analyses of each of the Savoy operas....a book worth adding to your library."—G&S Bag"
""A Most Ingenious Paradox will take its place as an important study of Gilbert & Sullivan as the worlds of music, theater, and scholarship continue (sometimes reluctantly) to evaluate and then acknowledge the Savoy Operas to be the classic works they are."—Ralph MacPhail, Jr., Bridgewater College of Virginia"
""A fascinating study for anyone interested in the delightful works of Gilbert & Sullivan as well as the contemporary American musical theatre..."—Recommended Books"
""Gayden Wren's book is a worthwhile and long overdue attempt to get to the heart of the Savoy operas. It is thoughtful on many aspects of both words and music."Music and Letters"
1: Gilbert before Sullivan
2: Sullivan before Gilbert
4: Trial by Jury
5: The Sorcerer
6: H.M.S. Pinafore
7: The Pirates of Penzance
10: Princess Ida
11: The Mikado
13: The Yeomen of the Guard
14: The Gondoliers
15: Utopia, Limited
16: The Grand Duke
17: Gilbert after Sullivan, Sullivan after Gilbert
Appendix A: The Story of the Savoy Operas
Appendix B: Revisions to Ruddigore