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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert - November 18, 1836 - May 29, 1911 - was an English dramatist, librettist 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. These, as well as most of their other Savoy operas, continue to be performed regularly throughout the English-speaking world and beyond by opera companies, repertory companies, schools and community theatre groups. Lines from these works have become part of the English language, such as "short, sharp shock", "What never? Well, hardly ever!", and "Let the punishment fit the crime". Gilbert also wrote the BAB BALLADS, an extensive collection of light verse accompanied by his own comical drawings. His creative output included over 75 plays and libretti, numerous stories, poems, lyrics and various other comic and serious pieces.