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John Gay (1685-1732)

John Gay (30 June 1685 - 4 December 1732) was an English poet and dramatist. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Opera (1728), set to music by Johann Christoph Pepusch. The characters, including Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum, became household names.

  • John Gay - from The Ethics of Diet by Howard Williams
  • Fables of Mr. John Gay (link to google books) first appeared 1726, this edition London, 1792. John Gay (1685-1732) wrote many references to humane diet.
For some writings of interest see: