The Beggar's Opera by John Gay

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A receiver of stolen goods informs on his chief supplier, setting in motion an increasingly absurd turn of events that climaxes in a parody of 18th-century England’s passion for sentimental tragedy. In addition to its burlesque of the then-current vogue for Italian operatic styles, this satirical 1728 play ridicules a broad spectrum of political figures and social conventions, depicting crime and vice at every level of society. Influential prototype for Threepenny Opera.

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Hal Gladfelder is the author of Criminality and Narrative in Eighteenth-Century England: Beyond the Law (Johns Hopkins, 2001) and an edition of Cleland's Memoirs of a Coxcomb (Broadview, 2005). His most recent book is a study of Cleland's life and career, Fanny Hill in Bombay: The Making and Unmaking of John Cleland (Johns Hopkins, 2012).
Published July 31, 2003 by Penguin. 66 pages
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A 1920 London production ran for 1,463 performances, inspiring Brecht and Weill to remake it as The Threepenny Opera, which made Lotte Lenya a star and eventually gave Bobby Darin his signature tune: "Oh the shark has pretty teeth, dear / And he shows them pearly white.…" Snowman's book, subtitle...

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