W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911)
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Ten great librettists
4. W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911)
The author of 75 plays and libretti, Gilbert is best known for the 14 comic operettas he produced in collaboration with Sir Arthur Sullivan. These include 'H.M.S. Pinafore', 'The Pirates of Penzance' and 'The Mikado'. Lines by Gilber have become part of the English language, such as 'short, sharp shock' and 'Let the punishment fit the crime'.