The Poetical Works of John Gay

The Poetical Works of John Gay

Including Polly, The Beggar's Opera, and Selections From the Other Dramatic Work

Book - 1969
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Publisher: New York, Russell & Russell [1969]
Branch Call Number: 828.509
Characteristics: xlvii, 700 p. port. 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Faber, G. C. (Geoffrey Cust), 1889-1961.

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jstookey
Sep 10, 2016

Included in this volume is the play "Polly" (1729) which is a sequel to "The Beggar's Opera," the basis for Brecht's "Three-Penny Opera." "Polly" is set in the West Indies and features pirates, prostitutes, Indians, corrupt plantation owners, and more. It is extraordinary for its portrayal of native Americans. Here is a speech by Cawwawkee, the West Indian prince:
“Better it had been for us if that shining earth had never been brought to light….But out of benevolence we ought to hide it from you. For we have heard, ’tis so rank a poison to you Europeans, that the very touch of it makes you mad.”

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