Beggar's Opera

ISBN-10: 0803253613

ISBN-13: 9780803253612

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A receiver of stolen goods informs on his chief supplier, setting in motion an increasingly absurd turn of events. This satirical 1728 play was to become the prototype for Threepenny Opera.
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 4/1/1969
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 4.98" wide x 7.97" long x 0.58" tall
Weight: 0.638
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.

Regents Restoration Drama Series
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Dramatis Personae
Introduction
Act II
Act III
the Music of the Beggar's Opera with Keyboard Accompaniments Realized from the Basses of John Christopher Pepusch by Edward Smith
Chronology
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