The Beggars Opera

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The Beggars Opera

by John Gay
Editor Edgar V. Roberts

UNP - Nebraska Paperback | April 1, 1969 | Trade Paperback

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The Beggar''s Opera introduced to theater the ballad-opera and an immortal cast of characters. The Peachums, employers of a company of pickpockets, shoplifters, and thieves, raised their daughter Polly for finer things, but she has done a dreadful deed. She has married for love. Her husband is Macheath, so exquisite a robber he might have been a lawyer or lord, and so devoted to matrimony that he has two or three wives already.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 238 pages, 7.97 × 4.98 × 0.58 in

Published: April 1, 1969

Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0803253613

ISBN - 13: 9780803253612

Found in: British and Irish, British and Irish

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The Beggars Opera

by John Gay
Editor Edgar V. Roberts

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 238 pages, 7.97 × 4.98 × 0.58 in

Published: April 1, 1969

Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0803253613

ISBN - 13: 9780803253612

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The Beggar''s Opera introduced to theater the ballad-opera and an immortal cast of characters. The Peachums, employers of a company of pickpockets, shoplifters, and thieves, raised their daughter Polly for finer things, but she has done a dreadful deed. She has married for love. Her husband is Macheath, so exquisite a robber he might have been a lawyer or lord, and so devoted to matrimony that he has two or three wives already.

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The Beggar's Opera introduced to theater the ballad-opera and an immortal cast of characters. The Peachums, employers of a company of pickpockets, shoplifters, and thieves, raised their daughter Polly for finer things, but she has done a dreadful deed. She has married for love. Her husband is Macheath, so exquisite a robber he might have been a lawyer or lord, and so devoted to matrimony that he has two or three wives already.

About the Author

Gay is a highly original poet and dramatist who experimented in various forms and genres. His The What D'Ye Call It: A Tragi-Comical Pastoral Farce (1715) is a burlesque of high seriousness, as is Three Hours after Marriage, which he wrote with his fellow members of the Scriblerus Club Alexander Pope and Dr. John Arbuthnot. The Beggar's Opera (1728) is his best-known work; it started the vogue for ballad operas, with tunes drawn from popular airs (Gay's are mostly from Thomas D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy, a popular sourcebook for ribald songs). The Beggar's Opera satirizes gentility and vulgarity alike, and its topical political allusions are so direct that the government forbade its' sequel, Polly. Bertolt Brecht caught the spirit of the work in his Threepenny Opera.
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