John Gay was an English poet and dramatist and member of the Scriblerus Club. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Opera (1728), a ballad opera. The characters, including Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum, became household names.
Gay was born in Barnstaple, England and was educated at the town's grammar school. On leaving school he was apprenticed to a silk mercer in London, but being weary, according to Samuel Johnson, "of either the restraint or the servility of his occupation", he soon returned to Barnstaple, where he was educated by his uncle, the Rev. John Hanmer, the Nonconformist minister of the town. He then returned to ... more »
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''Lions, wolves, and vultures don't live together in herds, droves or flocks. Of all animals of prey, man is the only sociable one. Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.''John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Lockit, in The Beggar's Opera, act 3, sc. 2.
''Sure men were born to lie, and women to believe them!''John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Lucy, in The Beggar's Opera, act 2, sc. 13.
''I must have womenthere is nothing unbends the mind like them.''John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist, poet. Macheath, in The Beggar's Opera, act 2, sc. 3 (1728), ed. F.W. Bateson (1934).
''I must have womenthere is nothing unbends the mind like them.''John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Macheath, in The Beggar's Opera, act 2, sc. 3.
''Of all mechanics, of all servile handycrafts-men, a gamester is the vilest. But yet, as many of the quality are of the profession, he is admitted amongst the politest company.''John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Matt of the Mint, in The Beggar's Opera, act 3, sc. 4.
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
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