Voltaire, one of the greatest of all French writers. In that year James Craggs, the secretary of state, presented him with some South Sea stock. Although many scholars believe his ballad opera was the only notable one of its kind, many scholars also believe that his opera led to the popular and successful operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Swift is said to have suggested the subject, and Pope and Arbuthnot were constantly consulted while the work was in progress, but Gay must be regarded as the sole author. Schultz, Gay's Beggar's Opera:
His most notable works include:
BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN GAY
Gay was a member, together with Pope, Jonathan Swiftand John Arbuthnotof the Scriblerus Cluba literary group that aimed to ridicule pedantry. Johann Sebastian Bach — The fact that an abridged version of the opera is still performed in various theaters is testimony to its popularity. At the age of 10, Gay was orphaned and his uncle, the Reverend John Hammer, agreed to take care of him. Help us improve this article!
His verse includes The Shepherd's Week and Trivia That year Gay published his first poem, Wine; his first published prose, The Present State of Wit, a critical account of all the current journals, appeared in He was buried in Westminster Abbeynext to Geoffrey Chaucer 's tomb. This ballad operawith music by John Pepusch, is a satirical picture of life among London's pickpockets, prostitutes, and highwaymen. John Gay is credited with the first success of the ballad opera genre.