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John Gay

  • Birth 30 Jun 1685 Barnstaple, North Devon District, Devon, England
  • Death 4 Dec 1732 Greater London, England
  • Burial Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
  • Memorial ID 14866328

Author. He was born in Barnstable, England. He is best known for his book "The Beggar's Opera." Also he wrote "Trivia, or the Art of Walking the Streets of London," "Polly," "Rural Sports," "The Shepherd's Week" and "Fifty-one Fables in Verse." His epitaph in the tomb is by Pope, and is followed by Gay's own mocking couplet: "Life is a Jest, and All Things Show it, I Thought So Once, and Now I Know it."

Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
  • Added: 9 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14866328
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Gay (30 Jun 1685–4 Dec 1732), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14866328, citing Westminster Abbey, Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .