W. S. Gilbert
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Born: November 18, 1836

Died: May 29, 1911 (aged 74)

Nationality: English

Occupation: Dramatist

Bio: Sir William Schwenck Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for his fourteen comic operas produced in collaboration with the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan, of which the most famous include H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and one of the most frequently performed works in the history of musical theatre, The Mikado.

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