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John Gay
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Born in Barnstaple, Devon
Born on 30th of June 1685
Died on 4th of December 1732

1685 - 1732. Poet.

Apprenticed to a silk mercer before turning to writing. First poem Wine was published in 1708. Dedicated his Rural Sports (1713) to Alexander Pope. Wrote Three Hours after Marriage (1717) with Pope and Arbuthnot. Best known for his Beggar’s Opera (1728). Buried in Westminster Abbey.

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