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Nicholson, Colin.“Cultivating the Bubble: Some Investing Contemporaries.” Writing and the Rise of Finance: Capital Satires of the Early Eighteenth-Century. unknown, 1994. 51-90. Print.

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Colin Nicholson's main concern in this book is the effect of the South Sea Bubble on the writing of Pope. In this chapter he surveys the involvement of now-canonical writers -- in particular Pope, Swift, Gay, Mandeville -- in the bubble, usually as investors, and the effect that the crash had on their writing. In Chapter 4, he explores Gay's representation of finance and credit in The Beggar's Opera. When this account was written, Nicholson's understanding of this milieu was probably without equal.

Nokes, David. John Gay: A Profession of Friendship. Rochester and London: Oxford University Press, 1995. Print.

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Critical Commentary.

Dearing, Vinton A. John Gay: Poetry and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1974. Print.

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Bender, John.“Generic Conflict and Reformist Discourse in Gay and Hogarth.” Imagining the Penitentiary : Fiction and the Architecture of Mind in Eighteenth-Century England . Chicago, IL, and London: University of Chicago Press, 1987. 87-138. Print.

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