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John Gay - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about John Gay

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of John Gay, poet, dramatist, and author of The Beggar's Opera; eighteenth century British Literature / English Literature
John Gay   (1685 - 1732)
 
Category:  English Literature
 
Born:  June 14, 1685
Barnstaple in Devon, England
 
Died:  November 28, 1732
 
Related authors:
Alexander Pope, Henry Fielding
 
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John Gay - LIFE STORIES
 
 
1/29/1728     John Gay's MacHeath
On this day in 1728 John Gay's The Beggar's Opera opened in London. Its satire and singability made it a first-run sell-out, a cultural craze across England, the most produced play of the 18th century, and the original "ballad opera," first in the Gilbert and Sullivan line. As one first-week review reported, "it hath made Rich [the theater manager] very Gay, and probably will make Gay very Rich."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
The Beggar's Opera
by John Gay, T. O. Treadwell (Editor)
drama
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
The Three-Penny Opera
by Bertolt Brecht, Ralph Manheim (Editor), John Willett (Editor)
drama
 
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English-Literature.org
From the essay "Satire in the works of Swift and Gay":

"Not all satirists of the time had such a bleak view of human nature as Swift or Gay in his later years. The 'mad, bad and dangerous to know' Lord Byron actually seemed to enjoy life while tearing apart various contemporaries through his satire. However, this is perhaps due to the fact that his satire was nearly always aimed at individuals or very small sections of society rather than at the whole of humanity. ... Although such writings [of Swift and Gay] are enjoyable to read because of their humour and their parts which contain ironies and satire which are directed at groups which do not include ourselves, there is undoubtedly a disturbing element in the writings when we realise of what we are being accused."
Online Books Page
Find electronic texts including The Beggar's Opera, The Burning Marl, and Swags Up!.
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