John Gay

1685 - 1732

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John Gay (30 June 1685 – 4 December 1732) was an English poet and dramatist and member of the Scriblerus Club. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Opera (1728), a ballad opera. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Gay has received more than 638,822 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). John Gay is the 1,537th most popular writer (up from 1,693rd in 2019), the 1,180th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,340th in 2019) and the 134th most popular British Writer.

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  • 31

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Notable Works

Beggar's opera
Ballad operas, Brigands and robbers, Drama
Acis and Galatea
The what d'ye call it
Intermediate algebra
Problems, exercises, Algebra, Textbooks
The Beggar's Opera
Drama, Fiction, Classic Literature
The Beggar's Opera is the only ballad opera that is still popularly performed today. A ballad opera is a satirical musical, which uses the form of an opera but incorporates popular songs and ballads as well as operatic numbers. The Beggar's Opera satirizes the corruption to be found in all levels of society. Its immense popularity provided funds for the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, to be built and also catapulted its leading lady to fame. It has continued to be performed ever since its premier in 1728.
Accessible book, Early works to 1800, English Fables

Page views of John Gays by language

Over the past year John Gay has had the most page views in the with 40,355 views, followed by German (4,784), and Russian (4,730). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Basque (190.36%), Catalan (102.10%), and Breton (66.03%)


Among writers, John Gay ranks 1,537 out of 7,302Before him are Rainis, Adolph Freiherr Knigge, Asconius Pedianus, Andal, Kuvempu, and Giovannino Guareschi. After him are Adnan Oktar, Fritz Gerlich, Corax of Syracuse, Jerzy Kosiński, Ödön von Horváth, and Kim Bu-sik.

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Among people born in 1685, John Gay ranks 11Before him are Domenico Scarlatti, Marie Adélaïde of Savoy, Brook Taylor, Jean-Marc Nattier, Johann Maria Farina, and Edward England. After him are Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve, Farrukhsiyar, Bartolomeu de Gusmão, Sophia Louise of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, William Kent, and Francesco Loredan. Among people deceased in 1732, John Gay ranks 6Before him are Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia, Emperor Reigen, Woodes Rogers, Louis Marchand, and André Charles Boulle. After him are Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Baden-Durlach, Joseph Johann Adam, Prince of Liechtenstein, Count Palatine Francis Louis of Neuburg, Theodore Eustace, Count Palatine of Sulzbach, Frederick II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, and Marie Thérèse de Bourbon.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Gay ranks 1,180 out of 8,785Before him are Robert Hardy (1925), Glenda Jackson (1936), Sarah Brightman (1960), J. B. S. Haldane (1892), Stephen Fry (1957), and Marc Bolan (1947). After him are William Sturgeon (1783), Emily Blunt (1983), Louis Lucien Bonaparte (1813), Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood (1864), John Fisher (1469), and Max Mosley (1940).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, John Gay ranks 134Before him are Elizabeth Siddal (1829), Vita Sackville-West (1892), Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689), Allen Carr (1934), Lord Alfred Douglas (1870), and Evelyn Waugh (1903). After him are Michael Moorcock (1939), Hugh Lofting (1886), Sister Nivedita (1867), Alistair MacLean (1922), Ruth Rendell (1930), and Alasdair Gray (1934).