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John Gay
The works of Mr. John Gay: In four volumes. To which is added an account of the life and writings of the author ... (1770 edition)
John Gay
My Own Epitaph, inscribed on Gay's monument in Westminster Abbey; also quoted as I thought so once; but now I know it.

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Born: June 30, 1685

Died: December 4, 1732 (aged 47)

Nationality: English

Occupation: Poet

Bio: John Gay was an English poet and dramatist and member of the Scriblerus Club. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Opera, a ballad opera. The characters, including Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum, became household names.

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