John Gay

Standard Name: Gay, John


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Family and Intimate relationships Hannah Cowley
Not much is known about her mother, born Hannah Richards, who was a cousin of John Gay and who married HC 's father in 1742.
Mahotière, Mary de la. Hannah Cowley, Tiverton’s Playwright and Pioneer Feminist (1743-1809). Devon Books.
Friends, Associates Alexander Pope
During these few months Pope , Swift , Gay , and others met regularly as a brilliant, informal, all-male club in London for fun, jokes, and literary projects; they called themselves the Scriblerus Club.
Drabble, Margaret, editor. The Oxford Companion to English Literature. Oxford University Press.
Friends, Associates Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
At this time LMWM met and established friendships with writers, artists, and people of learning: Pope , Gay , Charles Jervas , and the Venetian philosophe Antonio Conti .
Friends, Associates Grisell Murray
At almost every stage of GM 's life, her family had the habit of spending part of their time at their London house, where she evidently moved in literary as well as fashionable circles. She...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Hands
EH 's pastorals include some touching love-stories, but they also regularly reverse the gender situations traditional to the genre. It is pairs of nymphs (not pairs of shepherds) who are alike ambitious to excel in...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Herberts
This tale is not continuous, but distributed in sections throughout the book. The romance couples make periodic contact with the Countess Brillante, a woman writer about whom Herbert's attitude is typically protean and hard to...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Pipe Wolferstan
In Three Years After Marriage (a title which alludes to Three Hours After Marriage by Pope , Gay , and Arbuthnot ) a beautiful young wife, Matilda, is impervious to advice against quarrelling with her...
Intertextuality and Influence E. B. C. Jones
This is a story of the difficult or tormented love-affairs of sensitive young people trying to construct their new and modern world. (Intellectually, they seek to reach back past the nineteenth century towards the eighteenth...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Leapor
To test the waters Freeman selected from among ML 's poems those which were less likely to give offence by their class attitudes.
Rizzo, Betty. “Molly Leapor: An Anxiety for Influence”. The Age of Johnson, edited by Paul J. Korshin, Vol.
, pp. 313-43.
Some poems fall in with familiar traditions, like paraphrases from the...
Literary Setting Emma Tennant
Her heroine, based on herself aged fifteen onwards, is a red-haired debutante from Scotland, progressing from a seedy finishing school to being launched on the London season, an environment full of seducers and conmen where...
Occupation Charlotte Charke
CC , at Henry Fielding 's Haymarket Theatre , appeared in male roles: as Macheath (John Gay ), Falstaff (Shakespeare ), George Barnwell (George Lillo ), and Lothario (Nicholas Rowe ).
The London Stage 1660-1800. Southern Illinois University Press.
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Occupation Edmund Curll
Commentators seem unanimously to have believed Pope 's pamphlet claim that he dosed Curll with an emetic to punish him for illicitly publishing Court Poems on 26 March 1716—though since Pope also claimed to have...
Occupation Leah Sumbel
She received rave reviews for this first appearance, as Mrs Cadwallader in The Author (a burlesque portrayal of a woman writer). Later that summer she swashbuckled as Macheath in a famous transvestite production of Gay
Occupation Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
LMWM acted as patron to a number of writers (all male so far as is known), most notably Richard Savage and Henry Fielding , but also Edward Young and Samuel Boyse . Books to which...
Performance of text Alexander Pope
John Gay , AP , and John Arbuthnot 's farce Three Hours After Marriage was first staged; it was published anonymously the same month.
The London Stage 1660-1800. Southern Illinois University Press.
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Monthly Catalogue, 1714 - 1717. Bernard Lintot.


January 1716: John Gay published Trivia; or, The Art of...

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January 1716

John Gay published Trivia; or, The Art of Walking the Streets of London.

20 January 1724: Elizabeth Harrison wrote for publication,...

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20 January 1724

Elizabeth Harrison wrote for publication, with her name, A Letter to Mr. John Gay , On his Tragedy, call'd The Captives. To which is annex'd a copy of verses to the Princess.

By June 1727: John Gay published his first series of F...

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By June 1727

John Gay published his first series of Fables.

1728: Ephraim Chambers attempted in his Cyclopaedia...

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Ephraim Chambers attempted in his Cyclopaedia to offer a digest of all existing modern knowledge.

29 January 1728: John Gay's The Beggar's Opera opened at Lincoln's...

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29 January 1728

John Gay 's The Beggar's Opera opened at Lincoln's Inn Fields . It was published on 14 February.

30 March 1730: Henry Fielding's The Author's Farce opened...

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30 March 1730

Henry Fielding 's The Author's Farce opened at his Little Theatre in the Haymarket , which was currently presenting its first season.

7 December 1732: John Rich opened a new theatre in Covent...

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7 December 1732

John Rich opened a new theatre in Covent Garden , the Theatre Royal, and moved his farces and pantomimes there from the other Theatre Royal in Drury Lane .

8 June 1829: Douglas William Jerrold's play Black-Ey'd...

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8 June 1829

Douglas William Jerrold 's playBlack-Ey'd Susan premiered at the Surrey Theatre in London.


Gay, John et al. Three Hours After Marriage. Bernard Lintot, 1717.