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John Gay



English Poet and Dramatist

Gay was raised by his uncle after his parents died in 1694 and 1695. His career was erratic - some of his work was very popular during his lifetime (the Beggar's Opera and the libretto for Handel's Actis and Galatea), and some of it flopped; but his influence on English literature, particularly through the Beggar's Opera, has been considerable.


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