A British poet and dramatist, he is most famous for his 1728 work, The Beggar’s Opera, which features the characters of Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum. His other popular works include Acis and Galatea, Polly, and Three Hours After Marriage.
He worked for a time as an apprentice to a London silk merchant. He published his first literary work, Wine, in 1708.
His sequel to The Beggar’s Opera was banned from production by members of the British government who recognized themselves as objects of the original production’s satire.
In his youth, Gay was taught by his uncle, Reverend John Hanmer, a Nonconformist minister.
He and Alexander Pope were good friends and fellow members of a prominent literary organization called the Scriblerus Club.
John Gay Age
How old is John Gay? He was born in 1685, he was 336 years old at the time of his death.
John Gay Wiki
|Age||336 years old|
|Birthday||June 30, 1685|
|Date of Death||December 4, 1732|
Quotes by John Gay
The brave love mercy, and delight to save.— John Gay
Lions, wolves, and vultures don’t live together in herds, droves or flocks. Of all animals of prey, man is the only sociable one. Every one of us preys upon his neighbor, and yet we herd together.— John Gay
O Polly, you might have toyed and kissed, by keeping men off, you keep them on.— John Gay
There is no dependence that can be sure but a dependence upon one’s self.— John Gay
Shadow owes its birth to light.— John Gay