The Beggar's Opera

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The Beggar's Opera

John Gay
Edited by Edgar V. Roberts

238 pages

Paperback

April 1969

978-0-8032-5361-2

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About the Book

The Beggar's Opera introduced to theater the ballad-opera and an immortal cast of characters. The Peachums, employers of a company of pickpockets, shoplifters, and thieves, raised their daughter Polly for finer things, but she has done a dreadful deed. She has married for love. Her husband is Macheath, so exquisite a robber he might have been a lawyer or lord, and so devoted to matrimony that he has two or three wives already.