John Gay

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Birthday
30, 1685
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Dec 4, 1732 (47)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
30, 1685
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Dec 4, 1732 (47)

About

A British poet and dramatist, he is most famous for his 1728 work, The Beggar's Opera, which features the characters of Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum. His other popular works include Acis and Galatea, Polly, and Three Hours After Marriage.

Before Fame

He worked for a time as an apprentice to a London silk merchant. He published his first literary work, Wine, in 1708.

Trivia

His sequel to The Beggar's Opera was banned from production by members of the British government who recognized themselves as objects of the original production's satire.

Family Life

In his youth, Gay was taught by his uncle, Reverend John Hanmer, a Nonconformist minister.

Associated With

He and Alexander Pope were good friends and fellow members of a prominent literary organization called the Scriblerus Club.

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