From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gilbert \Gilbert\ prop. n.
   William Schwenk Gilbert, an English dramatist born at London
   Nov. 18, 1836. He is most famous for his collaborations with
   Sir Arthur Sullivan on a number of humorous light operas
   which are known as "Gilbert and Sullivan Operas". His first
   play was "Dulcamara" (1866). He also wrote "The Palace of
   Truth" (1870), "Pygmalion and Galatea" (1871), "Sweethearts"
   (1874), "Engaged" (1877), "The Mountebanks" (1891), and in
   collaboration with Sir A. Sullivan (who wrote the music), he
   wrote "The Sorcerer" (1877), "H. M. S. Pinafore" (1878), "The
   Pirates of Penzance" (1879), "Patience" (1881), "Iolanthe"
   (1883), "The Mikado" (1885), "Ruddygore" (1887), "The Yeomen
   of the Guard" (1888), "The Gondoliers" (1889), and "Utopia,
   limited" (1893). The light operas proved very popular and
   continue to be performed over one hundred years later. He
   also published other works.
   [Century Dict. 1906 +PJC]
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