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Title:The Beggar's Opera and Polly
Format Type:Ebook
Author:John Gay, Hal Gladfelder
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISBN:0199642222
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:207
Category:Plays, Th century, Drama, Romance, Music

The Beggar's Opera and Polly by John Gay, Hal Gladfelder

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Beggar's Opera and Polly Gamesters and Highwaymen are generally very good to their Whores but they are very Devils to their Wives Raucous lyrical witty ironic and tragic by turns The Beggar s Opera and Polly published together here for the first time offer a scathing and ebullient portrait of a society in which statesmen and outlaws colonialists and pirates are impossible to tell apart With The Beggar s Opera John Gay created one of the most enduringly popular works in English theatre history and invented a new dramatic form the ballad opera Gay s daring mixture of caustic political satire well loved popular tunes and a story of crime and betrayal set in the urban underworld of prostitutes and thieves was an overnight sensation And its sequel Polly banned in Gay s lifetime boasted a cross dressing heroine and a cast of female adventurers pirates Indian princes rebel slaves and rapacious landowners a culture in which all human relationships are reduced to commercial transactions The Introduction to this edition explores Gay s use of criminal and rogue literature the political context of the plays Gay s attitude to slavery and piracy his treatment of gender and the plays formal theatrical innovations The text is the most accurate available with notes that explain criminal and underworld slang and the topical allusions that gave Gay s satire its edge The volume also includes an appendix on the sources for the tunes Gay used for the two plays highlighting many cases where the songs original words familiar to contemporary audiences give a bawdy or ironic double meaning to Gay s lyrics About the Series For over years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features including expert introductions by leading authorities voluminous notes to clarify the text up to date bibliographies for further study and much more

The Beggar's Opera, Any Way I Can - Fifty Years in Show Business, The Beggar's Opera and Polly, The Fables of John Gay Illustrated, The What D'Ye Call It: A Tragi-Comi-Pastoral Farce. by Mr. Gay. the Second Edition, The Convict's Opera, Selected Poems, Polly, Achilles, Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London