John Gay (1685-1732), Poet and dramatist
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John Gay was a poet and dramatist, best remembered for his hugely successful dramatic satire The Beggar's Opera(1727). Along with his friend Alexander Pope (1688-1744), Gay was a member of the Scriblerus Club, a group of like-minded men who exposed and attacked ignorance and pretentiousness in literature. Johnson did not rate Gay's poetry highly but credited him with the invention of the ballad opera.
Literature, Journalism and Publishing
Playwrights and dramatists