W.S. Gilbert (18 November, 1836 – 29 May, 1911) was an English poet, illustrator and dramatist. Mr. Gilbert is known for his collaboration with computer Sir Arthur Sullivan in musical theater.
- The W.S. stands for William Schwenck.
- Mr. Gilbert’s father, also named William, was a naval surgeon and wrote short stories. Some of his stories were illustrated by his son.
- The young William traveled with his parents to German and Italy. In Naples he was kidnapped by brigands and ransomed back.
- He was a captain in the English militia
- Mr. Gilbert wrote criticism and humor pieces for London periodicals under the name of “Bab”, his childhood nickname.
- The first collaboration with Sullivan was for Thespis, or The Gods Grown Old – a Christmas piece.
- The show was so successful its run was extended.
- The 1870s were the peak collaborative years for Gilbert and Sullivan.
- Gilbert and Sullivan collaborated for over 20 years, but their relationship was severed due to finance.
- In 1907, Mr. Gilbert was knighted and retired to the country. He drowned in 1911.
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