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by John Gay
Trapes. There it is now Whoever heard a man of fortune in England talk of the necessaries of life? If the necessaries of life would have satisfy'd such a poor body as me, to be sure I had never come to mend my fortune to the Plantations. Whether we can afford it or no, we must have superfluities. We never stint our Expence to our own fortunes, but are miserable, if we do n ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing
(first published 1729)
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I looked for this for a long time after seeing a reference, almost as an aside, in a book on English literature. Who knew there was a sequel to "The Beggar's Opera"?? We find out what happens to Macheath and his wives Polly Peachum and Jenny Diver. They go to the West Indies in the late 1720s! Macheath has been sent as an indentured servant to work on a plantation but, before the story begins, he's escaped. Thought dead, he's actually put on blackface and exists as an escaped slave and pirate ca ...more
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.More about John Gay...