John Gay's reputation as a writer has always suffered from his having been part of an extraordinary satirical quintet, the Scriblerus Club, which met in the spring of 1714 and included the two indisputably greatest satirists of the period, Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) and Alexander Pope (1688-1744). Though overshadowed by his two brilliant contemporaries, Gay was an important poet and dramatist in his own right. He produced a range of witty, mock-earnest poems and plays and one satiric masterpiece, The Beggar's Opera, that has continued to fascinate audiences from the time of its first performance in 1728 to the present day and can lay claim to being considered one of the principal origins of modern musical comedy. In another age …

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Citation:
Gordon, Ian. "John Gay". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 June 2003
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Articles on Gay's works

  1. Dione: A Pastoral Tragedy
  2. Fables
  3. Poems on Several Occasions
  4. Polly: An Opera. Being the Second Part of The Beggar's Opera
  5. Rural Sports
  6. The Beggar's Opera
  7. The Fan
  8. The Shepherd's Week
  9. The What D'Ye Call It
  10. Three Hours After Marriage
  11. Trivia
  12. Wine