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Beggar's Opera and Polly

ISBN-10: 0199642222
ISBN-13: 9780199642229
Edition: 2013
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 5/9/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Gay is a highly original poet and dramatist who experimented in various forms and genres. His The What D'Ye Call It: A Tragi-Comical Pastoral Farce (1715) is a burlesque of high seriousness, as is Three Hours after Marriage, which he wrote with his fellow members of the Scriblerus Club Alexander Pope and Dr. John Arbuthnot. The Beggar's Opera (1728) is his best-known work; it started the vogue for ballad operas, with tunes drawn from popular airs (Gay's are mostly from Thomas D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy, a popular sourcebook for ribald songs). The Beggar's Opera satirizes gentility and vulgarity alike, and its topical political allusions are so direct that the government forbade its' sequel, Polly. Bertolt Brecht caught the spirit of the work in his Threepenny Opera.

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