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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 590,318 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). John Gay is the 1,707th most popular writer (down from 1,583rd in 2019), the 1,344th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,237th in 2019) and the 142nd most popular British Writer.

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Among writers, John Gay ranks 1,707 out of 5,755Before him are Ödön von Horváth, Branko Ćopić, François Pierre La Varenne, Julius Firmicus Maternus, Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, and Manuel Puig. After him are Adamantios Korais, Voltairine de Cleyre, Joseph Addison, Masaoka Shiki, Elsa Beskow, and Akiyuki Nosaka.

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Among people born in 1685, John Gay ranks 11Before him are Domenico Scarlatti, Marie Adélaïde of Savoy, Brook Taylor, Johann Maria Farina, Jean-Marc Nattier, and Edward England. After him are Bartolomeu de Gusmão, Farrukhsiyar, Sophia Louise of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, William Kent, Dominikus Zimmermann, and Francesco Loredan. Among people deceased in 1732, John Gay ranks 7Before him are Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia, Emperor Reigen, André Charles Boulle, Louis Marchand, Woodes Rogers, and Joseph Johann Adam, Prince of Liechtenstein. After him are Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Baden-Durlach, Frederick II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, Count Palatine Francis Louis of Neuburg, Marie Thérèse de Bourbon, Theodore Eustace, Count Palatine of Sulzbach, and Sebastiano Mocenigo.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Gay ranks 1,344 out of 7,765Before him are Evelyn De Morgan (1855), Bernie Taupin (1950), David Icke (1952), Edmund Kean (1787), John Austin (1790), and Timothy Spall (1957). After him are William McDougall (1871), Joseph Addison (1672), Simon Rattle (1955), Claire Forlani (1971), Alma Reville (1899), and David Hartley (1705).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, John Gay ranks 142Before him are David Ogilvy (1911), Barbara Cartland (1901), Ted Hughes (1930), Ruth Rendell (1930), Seamus Heaney (1939), and Walafrid Strabo (808). After him are Joseph Addison (1672), Alma Reville (1899), Arthur Machen (1863), Edward Lear (1812), Malcolm Lowry (1909), and Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837).