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The Beggar S Opera (Dover Thrift Editions)

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The great lords and powerful public officials of early 18th century England are represented as highwaymen and thieves in this deliciously satirical ballad opera. In addition to its burlesque of the contemporary vogue for Italian operatic styles, John Gay's 1728 masterpiece ridicules a broad spectrum of political figures and social conventions—marriage, lawyers, trade, and even Walpole, the prime minister. Depicting crime and vice at every level of society, The Beggar's Opera offers a witty and powerful indictment of greed, hypocrisy, and corruption in all social classes. When Peachum, a receiver of stolen goods, discovers that a notorious highwayman has eloped with his daughter, the wily old villain turns informer and collects the reward money as his prospective son-in-law is hauled off to prison. Events take an increasingly absurd turn as the dashing outlaw romances the jailer's daughter and effects an escape, only to return to the shadow of the gallows for a farcical climax that parodies the sentimental tragedy of the day.

The Beggar's Opera is in the satirical tradition of Swift and Pope. Its enduring relevance was recognized two centuries later by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, who used it as the basis for their landmark musical, The Threepenny Opera. This attractive, inexpensive edition of an influential comic gem will be applauded by theater lovers, students of literature and history, and other readers.

Dover (1999) republication of a standard edition.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.


Synopsis:

A receiver of stolen goods informs on his chief supplier, setting in motion an increasingly absurd turn of events. This satirical 1728 play was to become the prototype for Threepenny Opera.

Synopsis:

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 Englands 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486408880
Other:
Gay, John
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Gay, John
Author:
Dover Thrift Editions
Location:
Mineola, NY
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
British and irish drama (dramatic works by on
Subject:
Ballad operas
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
Drama-Women and Ethnic
Subject:
Greek & Roman
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Thrift Editions
Publication Date:
19990631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.13 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 64 pages Dover Publications - English 9780486408880 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , 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.


"Synopsis" by ,
A receiver of stolen goods informs on his chief supplier, setting in motion an increasingly absurd turn of events. This satirical 1728 play was to become the prototype for Threepenny Opera.

"Synopsis" by ,
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 Englands 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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