John Gay





John Gay


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

Died
December 04, 1732


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.

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The Beggar's Opera

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3.44 avg rating — 2,404 ratings — published 1728 — 98 editions
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The Beggar's Opera and Polly

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3.47 avg rating — 45 ratings — published 1728 — 2 editions
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Trivia: or, the Art of Walk...

3.26 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 2007 — 15 editions
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Polly

3.28 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 1729 — 7 editions
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The Convict's Opera

3.60 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2008
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Selected Poems

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Any Way I Can - Fifty Years...

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Achilles

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The Fables of John Gay Illu...

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The What D'Ye Call It: A Tr...

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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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