Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
3.25 linear feet (7 boxes and 34 oversize folders)
Series II has not been processed, and contains materials relating specifically to Gay's "Beggar's Opera," a ballad opera. These include clippings and playbills related to specific productions, as well as prints and illustrations for the work. A group of Nigel Playfair cardboard figures from 1922 are also included.
Biographical / Historical
John Gay (1685-1732) was an English poet and dramatist. His works include the ballad opera "The Beggar's Opera," for which he is perhaps best known, as well as further works such as "Fables" and "Shepherd's Week," among others.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Gay, Ernest Lewis, 1874-1916. Ernest Lewis Gay collection on John Gay, 1714-1922 (MS Thr 1859): Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard University.
- 2018 October 03
- Description rules
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- EAD ID
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