John Gay

(30 June 1685 - 4 December 1732)
John Gay (1685-1732)

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John Gay (1685-1732)

Works in ECPA

alphabetical listing / listing in source editions

Source editions

  • Gay, John, 1685-1732. FABLES. By Mr. GAY. London: Printed for J. Tonson and J. Watts, MDCCXXVII., 1727. [14],173,[1]p.: ill.; 4°. (ESTC T13818)


NCBEL; DLB; ODNB 10473; DMI 1610


  • Smith, Margaret M. Index of English Literary Manuscripts. Vol. III, 1700-1800 . London: Mansell, 1986-1997. Pt. 2 Gay-Philips. 3-13. Print. 4 volumes.


  • Burgess, C. F., ed. The Letters of John Gay. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966. Print.
  • Dearing, Vinton A., introd. John Gay. Fables (1727, 1738). Augustan Reprint Society Special Series. Los Angeles: Clark Memorial Library, UCLC, 1967. Print.
  • Dearing, Vinton A., ed. with Charles E. Beckwith. John Gay. Poetry and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1974. Print. 2 volumes.
  • Graham, Albert E. John Gay's 'Fables', Edited with an Introduction on the Fable as an Eighteenth-Century Literary Genre. Unpub. doct. diss., Princeton University, 1960. Print. [Dissertation Abstracts International, XXI (1961), 2273.]


  • Nokes, David. John Gay: A Profession of Friendship. A Critical Biography. Oxford: OUP, 1995. Print.

Reference works


  • Adrian, John. The slave, the scourge, and society: a comparison of Gay's first and second series of Fables. Bourdeau, Debra Taylor, and Elizabeth Kraft, eds. On second thought: updating the eighteenth-century text. Newark, NJ: Delaware UP, 2007. 43-65. Print.
  • Ames, Dianne S. Gay's Trivia and the Art of Allusion. Studies in Philology 75 (1978): 199-222. Print.
  • Beckwith, Charles E. The Languages of Gay's Trivia. Eighteenth-Century Life 10 (1986): 27-43. Print.
  • Fischer, John Irwin. Never on Sunday: John Gay's The Shepherd's Week. Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 10 (1981): 191-203. Print.
  • Gardner, Kevin J. John Gay, Court Patronage, and The Fables. Reinardus: Yearbook of the International Reynard Society/Annuaire de la Société Internationale Renardienne 27 (2015): 98-111. Print.
  • Graham, Edwin. John Gay's Second Series, the 'Craftsman' in Fables. Papers on Language & Literature V (Winter): 17-25. Print.
  • Gregori, Flavio. John Gay's Fables: A Childish Work?. Tosi, Laura, ed. and introd. Hearts of Lightness: The Magic of Children's Literature. Venice, Italy: Cafoscarina, 2001. 47-56. Print.
  • Huete, Sylvia Ballard. John Gay's 'Fables I' and 'II': a study in the eighteenth-century fable. Unpub. doct. diss., University of Southern Mississippi, 1973. Print. [Dissertation Abstracts International (34) 5104A.]
  • Jedrzejko, Pawel. The Deep Structure of Narrative Element in Neoclassical Fable. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia: An International Review of English Studies 30 (1996): 169-182. Print.
  • Keynes, Geoffrey. Blake's Engravings for Gay's Fables. Book Collector London, England 21 (1972): 59-64. Print.
  • Lewis, Peter, and Nigel Wood, eds. John Gay and the Scriblerians. London; New York: Vision; St. Martin's Press, 1989. Print.
  • Milne, Anne. Fables of the Bees: Species as an Intercultural Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Scientific and Literary Texts. Esprit Créateur 46(2) (2006): 33-41. Print.
  • Pascal, Jean-Noël. De la traduction à la fontainisation: Le Cas des Fables de John Gay en France. Cointre, Annie, and Annie Rivara, eds. La Traduction des genres non romanesques au XVIIIe siècle. Metz, France: Centre d'Etudes de la Traduction, Université de Metz, 2003. 89-118. Print.
  • Shea, John S. Studies in the Verse Fable from LaFontaine to Gay. Unpub. doct. diss., University of Minnesota, 1968. Print. [Dissertation Abstracts: Section A. Humanities and Social Science Ann Arbor, MI, 1968, 5029A.]
  • Spedding, Patrick. A Reading of Gay's Fables. Script & Print: Bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand 30(3) (2006): 181-185. Print.
  • Wray, William R. The English Fable, 1650-1800. Unpub. doct. diss, Yale University, 1950. Print. [Dissertation Abstracts: Section A. Humanities and Social Science Ann Arbor, MI, 1968, 619A.]