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A Week in Literary History

July 30th, 2002

In 1685, English poet and playwright John Gay (The Beggar’s Opera, 1728) is born in Barnstaple, Devon.

John Gay, b. June 30, 1685, d. 1732

A pal of Swift and Pope and Sam. Johnson (and Handel), the poet John Gay is chiefly remembered today for his evergreen The Beggar’s Opera, on which Brecht later based his Threepenny Opera, with a few of its songs also borrowed from Gay’s show, which was a smash hit in its lavish London production by one John Rich. In the bon mot of the day, the show “made Rich gay and Gay rich.”

Suggested Reading Plays Acis and Galatea, 1718 (opera, music by Handel). The Beggar’s Opera, 1728. Polly, 1729.

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