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The Resource John Gay, a profession of friendship, David Nokes

John Gay, a profession of friendship, David Nokes

Label
John Gay, a profession of friendship
Title
John Gay, a profession of friendship
Statement of responsibility
David Nokes
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • This major biography is the first full-length life of John Gay (1685-1732) for over fifty years. David Nokes's detailed and extensive research has unearthed several new discoveries, including hitherto unpublished letters, and possible attributions. Presenting Gay as a complex character, torn between the hopes of court preferment and the assertion of literary independence, this book is at once a lively and readable biography for the non-specialist, as well as a comprehensive and scholarly study. Perhaps best-known for The Beggar's Opera, John Gay is here revealed to be a contradictory figure whose life defies strict generic categories. Often cast as a neglected genius, dependent upon others, Gay in fact left a considerable fortune after his death. Depicted both as childlike innocent and rakish ladies' man by his friends, he produced the most successful and subversive theatrical satire of his generation, and volumes of Fables which remained best-sellers for over a century
  • David Nokes argues that Gay's self-effacing and self-mocking literary persona was largely responsible for perpetuating an image of himself as a genial literary non-entity. Hence Gay's authorship has been frequently questioned and often attributed, at least in part, to his friends in the Scriblerus Club - Pope, Swift, and Arbuthnot. John Gay, A Profession of Friendship finally views Gay as a man whose struggles for literary and social recognition led him, paradoxically, to project a deliberately enigmatic personality
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nokes, David
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gay, John
  • Authors, English
Label
John Gay, a profession of friendship, David Nokes
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [548]-551) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
In paternal land -- The london apprentice -- Grub Street Apollo -- In attendance -- Taking sides -- Envoy -- Extraordinary -- Trivial pursuits -- The confederates -- The beast of blois -- Bubbled -- A will of my own -- The hare and many friends -- Company of beggars -- The terror of ministers -- Industry and idleness
Control code
30895910
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 563 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780198129714
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94005384
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1653516
Label
John Gay, a profession of friendship, David Nokes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [548]-551) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
In paternal land -- The london apprentice -- Grub Street Apollo -- In attendance -- Taking sides -- Envoy -- Extraordinary -- Trivial pursuits -- The confederates -- The beast of blois -- Bubbled -- A will of my own -- The hare and many friends -- Company of beggars -- The terror of ministers -- Industry and idleness
Control code
30895910
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 563 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780198129714
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94005384
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1653516

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