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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (28 Aug. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140432205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140432206
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Offers a useful performance history of the satirical ballad-opera...the New Mermaids [edition] includes music as well as words for the songs."--"Plays International" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Born in 1685, John Gay's first major success was THE SHEPHERD'S WEEK. It was followed by a number of other works, the most enduring of which is THE BEGGAR'S OPERA. Gay died in 1732, and is remembered as a popular and genial man whose self-penned epitaph reads 'Life is a jest, and all things show it, I thought it once, and now I know it'. Loughrey and Treadwell worked together at Roehampton Institute and have both published in scholarly journals.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is still one of my all time favourite plays, although it is really a ballad opera. John Gay through allegory, and most importantly satire shows us the world he lived in, taking in such characters as Walpole, and the criminals Jack Sheppard, and criminal/ thief taker, Jonathan Wild. It is so reassuring to know that whilst we complain about the actions of our politicians and the MP expenses dodges that nothing has changed. At least we can rest assured that they aren't doing anything new.

I must admit that I have always been loathe to write a review for this as I know I could never do it justice, and it is hard to write about this without giving something away that will ultimately lessen your enjoyment (perhaps that is why there is only one review here for it). All I can say is that this is something that would be impossible not to enjoy, and if anyone knows if or when it will be performed again in London, please leave a comment so that I don't miss it.

It was said that this made 'Rich gay, and Gay rich' and reading it you will soon see why.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dickon on 29 Nov. 2012
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Although I know the opera well (and its reputation for "making Gay rich and Rich gay") it was good to read the whole libretto for it contains more fun as a written work than comes across when sung. Great fun.
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By Liana Ball on 7 July 2014
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An intriguing look at the stance on marriage and women within society, though possibly difficult read if unsure of old English. Also a fascinating insight into 18th century satire
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By adele on 19 May 2014
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A great example of 18th century satirical drama, it is both bitter and incredibly funny. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys satire, and not a bad version for study either. Although there were parts missing from the original play, they are not usually too significant.
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By konstantina on 20 Aug. 2010
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The classic by John Gay.This famous celebration of the common man was first performed in 1728. It is full of humour and satire and is as relevant today as it was in the eighteenth century.
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a good edition of the play with helpful notes and introduction. However, for me, the important thing was to have the tunes of the songs. i hope to use them in a talk aboput the author.
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