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W.S. Gilbert
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    (November 18, 1836-May 29, 1911)
    Birth name was William Schwenck Gilbert
    Wrote librettos for 'The Sorcerer (1877),' 'H.M.S. Pinafore (1878),' 'The Pirates of Penzance (1879),' 'Patience (1881),' 'Iolanthe (1882),' 'Princess Ida (1883),' 'The Mikado (1885),' 'Ruddigore (1886),' 'The Yeomen of the Guard (1888)' and 'The Gondoliers'
    Knighted in 1907
    He was a severe, serious person.
    He tried to be a lawyer, but was a failure.
    His lyrics are exceedingly verbose, using unusual words like 'quiddity,' 'ablutioner,' 'emollient,' 'selvagee' and 'emeutes.'
    Some accuse 'The Mikado' of being a racist work.
    He is thought of as the first modern stage director.
    He died at seventy-four trying to save a woman from drowning.
    He continued to work with composer Arthur Sullivan, even though he disliked him.
    The Gilbert and Sullivan operas have a huge cult following.
    His librettos are witty and satirical.
    Kelsey Grammer is a huge fan.

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