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John Gay, a profession of friendship

Author: David Nokes
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This major biography is the first full-length life of John Gay (1685-1732) for over fifty years. David Nokes's detailed and extensive research has unearthed several new discoveries, including hitherto unpublished letters, and possible attributions. Presenting Gay as a complex character, torn between the hopes of court preferment and the assertion of literary independence, this book is at once a lively and readable
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nokes, David.
John Gay, a profession of friendship.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)624385592
Named Person: John Gay; John Gay; John Gay; John Gay
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Nokes
ISBN: 0198129718 9780198129714
OCLC Number: 30895910
Description: xv, 563 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: In paternal land --
The london apprentice --
Grub Street Apollo --
In attendance --
Taking sides --
Envoy --
Extraordinary --
Trivial pursuits --
The confederates --
The beast of blois --
Bubbled --
A will of my own --
The hare and many friends --
Company of beggars --
The terror of ministers --
Industry and idleness.
Other Titles: John Gay
Responsibility: David Nokes.

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A critical study of John Gay (1685-1732), who is perhaps best known for "The Beggars Opera". The biography, which makes use of hitherto unpublished letters, presents Gay as a complex character, torn  Read more...
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"Nokes is a fine narrative writer, adept at providing the social, literary, and political details that give a good sense of a life lived within its varied and ultimately incoherent context....Highly Read more...

 
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John Gays House?

by Gethro52 (WorldCat user published 2010-07-31) Good Permalink

This not a review, it is more a question I would like answered.

I lived for three years,  1990-1993,  in a cottage in the grounds of a large and splendid house in Berkshire named 'John Gays House'. I was wondering if anyone can throw light on whether John Gay himself actually commissioned...
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