The Beggar's Opera
By (author) John Gay
Format: Paperback / softback
Beggar's Opera by John Gay
Book DescriptionBAptized at Barnstaple, Devon, on September 16, 1685, during the reign of Charles II, John Gay was orphaned by the age of ten but raised by a kind uncle, who saw to his education at the local grammar school. On reaching adulthood, Gay was apprenticed to a mercer, but he disliked this occupation and found a post, in or near 1712, as secretary to the Duchess of Monmouth. In 1714, with the sponsorship of Jonathan Swift, Gay joined the household of Lord Clarendon, and journeyed with him to the Continent. Gay's friendly and ingratiating character won him many friends, not a few of whom were courtiers who found employment for him, either in their own households, or with the Government, throughout his life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781595477941
Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x 4mm)
Imprint: NuVision Publications
Publisher: NuVision Publications
Publish Date: 23-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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