Views Read Edit View history. There is no doubt that in this piece he had assistance from Pope and Arbuthnot, but they were glad enough to have it assumed that Gay was the sole author. Gay had just been appointed secretary to the British ambassador to the court of Hanover through the influence of Jonathan Swiftwhen the death of Queen Anne three months later put an end to all his hopes of official employment. Gay also became close with the writer Jonathon Swift; Pope and Swift both encouraged Gay to continue writing and publishing his work. Gay's love for music transferred into much of his writings for the stage; he included some type of music in many of his plays. The Hare And Many Fri
The dedication of his Rural Sports to Alexander Pope was the beginning of a lasting friendship.
BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN GAY
You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. He refused this offer, which all his friends seem to have regarded, for no very obvious reason, as an indignity. The epitaph on his tomb is by Pope, and is followed by Gay's own mocking couplet: Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. A sophisticated lady crossing the street, for example: Among his early literary friends were Aaron Hill and Eustace Budgellwhom he helped in the production of The British Apolloa question-and-answer journal of the day. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Operaa ballad opera.
Internet URLs are the best. Here the effect is at once satirical, sympathetic, and—in its correlation of the animal and human kingdoms—philosophical. It is in such delicate probing of the surface of social life that Gay excels. He was offered the situation of gentleman-usher to the Princess Louisa, who was still a child. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Although only a few of his works are still read,…. Or, The Art of Walking the Streets of London," a poem Three Hours after Marriagea comedy written with Alexander Pope and John Arbuthnot Acis and Galateathe libretto to Handel's opera and Gay's final attempt at ballad opera Poems on Several Occasionsa set of poems Fablesa set of beast fables Fifty-One Fables in Verse The Beggar's Operahis famous ballad opera Pollythe sequel to The Beggar's Opera which was published but not performed Achilles Although Gay wrote numerous poems and plays, his ballad opera The Beggar's Opera was certainly his greatest success and his most important contribution.