John Gay





John Gay

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born
in Barnstaple, England, The United Kingdom
June 30, 1685

died
December 04, 1732

gender
male


About this author

John Gay was an English poet and dramatist. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Opera (1728), set to music by Johann Christoph Pepusch. The characters, including Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum, became household names.


Average rating: 3.48 · 1,794 ratings · 81 reviews · 48 distinct works · Similar authors
The Beggar's Opera
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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 1,522 ratings — published 1728 — 58 editions
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Trivia or the Art of Walkin...
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3.32 of 5 stars 3.32 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 2007 — 5 editions
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Polly
3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1729 — 3 editions
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The Beggar's Opera and Polly
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3.12 of 5 stars 3.12 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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Any Way I Can - Fifty Years...
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2008
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Selected Poems
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The Fables of John Gay Illu...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1737 — 18 editions
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The Convict's Opera
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2008
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Shepherd's Week
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 1714 — 2 editions
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Works of John Gay
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2013
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More books by John Gay…
“A man is always afraid of a woman that loves him too much”
John Gay, The Beggar's Opera

“My Own Epitaph
Life's a jest, and all things show it.
I thought so once, and now I know it.”
John Gay

“Love is so whimsical in both sexes that it is impossible to be lasting. But my heart is particular and contradicts my own observation.”
John Gay, The Beggar's Opera

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