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1973 Rare version. Large Print. Paperback: "Beggar's Opera: Libretto and Music" by John Gay (Author). 3.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews.
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The great lords and powerful public officials of early eighteenth-century England are represented as highwaymen and thieves in this deliciously satirical ballad opera. In addition to its burlesque of the contemporary vogue for Italian operatic styles, John Gay's 1728 masterpiece ridicules a broad spectrum of political figures and social conventions—marriage, lawyers, trade, and even Walpole, the prime minister.
Depicting crime and vice at every level of society, The Beggar's Opera offers a witty and powerful indictment of greed, hypocrisy, and corruption in all social classes. When Peachum, a receiver of stolen goods, discovers that a notorious highwayman has eloped with his daughter, the wily old villain turns informer and collects the reward money as his prospective son-in-law is hauled off to prison. Events take an increasingly absurd turn as the dashing outlaw romances the jailer's daughter and effects an escape, only to return to the shadow of the gallows for a farcical climax that parodies the sentimental tragedy of the day.
John Gay was an English playwright and poet who is most famous for his satirical masterpiece The Beggar s Opera. Originally employed in the government, Gay turned to writing after losing his position following the death of Queen Anne in 1714. From then on, Gay relied on his income from writing, building up a long list of patrons over the course of his career, and making contact with some of the most famous writers of the time, including Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope (and with whom he was a member of the informal society of authors and thinkers known as the Scriblerus Club). After losing the majority of his fortune to a bad investment, Gay eventually found his greatest success in The Beggar s Opera, a ballad opera that satirized society and government, and which ran for sixty-two nights upon its initial release. Gay died on December 4, 1732, at the age of forty-seven, and is buried in Westminster Abbey.
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Book Description Dover, New York, 1973. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. The Complete Libretto and the Music for the Overture and Songs. Size: 6 1/2 x 9 ". Seller Inventory # 13373
Book Description Dover Publications Inc., 1973. Paperback. Condition: Good+. Good+ paperback copy. Sunning, shelfwear to cover wraps/edges. Previous owner's name on front endpaper, price marked off wraps. Spine is uncreased, binding and text also in very good condition. Seller Inventory # 137595
Book Description Dover Publications Inc. September 1973, 1973. Paper Back. Condition: Very Good. Very Good or better, with just the slightest bit of rubbing; no creases. The front free endpaper bears th ownership signature of noted clinical psychologist Robert H. Roth. Seller Inventory # 200905
Book Description Dover Publications, Inc., New York, NY, 1973. Paperback. Condition: Fine. B/W Illus, Music Excerpts (illustrator). (full book description) Dover Publications, Inc., New York, NY, 1973. REPRINT Edition Fine-, Paperback, No Dust Jacket. Size=6.5"x9.5", 145pgs. B/W Illus, Music Excerpts. Clean, tight and bright. No ink names, tears, chips, etc. ISBN 0486229203 SELLING WORLDWIDE SINCE 1987. WE PACK WITH GREAT CARE, 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES!. Book. Seller Inventory # CONROY195148I
Book Description New York, Dover Pub., 1973. Condition: Sehr gut. leichte Gebrauchs- und Altersspuren Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 300 Original-Broschur, zusammen ca. 150 Seiten mit 29 Abb., 23 x 16 cm. Seller Inventory # 39126
Book Description Dover Publications Inc., 1973. Condition: Good. REPRINT Edition. Ships from the UK. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP97981649
Book Description Dover Publications Inc., 1973. Condition: Fair. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has soft covers. In fair condition, suitable as a study copy. Seller Inventory # 4809985