John Gay, Social Critic

John Gay, Social Critic

John Gay, Social Critic

John Gay, Social Critic

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The intentions of this study of John Gay are stated in the Introduction; the impulses which led to it are somewhat harder to elucidate. My interest in Gay was first stimulated by Professor James Sutherland's course in eighteenth-century poetry given at Harvard University in the summer of 1947 and reinforced by my reading of Professor William Henry Irving's biography, John Gay, Favorite of the Wits. In its earliest form this study served as a doctoral dissertation at Harvard University, and whatever value it may have is due largely to the expert guidance of Professor George Sherburn who shared his vast knowledge of the Augustan age with me most willingly as he has with so many other neophytes. I should like to take this opportunity to acknowledge also my debt to Professor Sherburn for his many personal kindnesses to me. His encouragement lent a warmth and pleasantness to my graduate study which would otherwise have been sorely missed.

I should also like to offer my special thanks to my colleague Professor W. R. Irwin for his assistance in the preparation of this study and for the many hours which he has devoted to the revising and editing of the manuscript. My appreciation is due also to the other readers of various intermediate forms of the manuscript for their encouragement and helpful criticism--Professors Harry Levin and Walter Jackson Bate of Harvard University and Professors Rhodes Dunlap and Charles B. Woods of the University of Iowa.

I am grateful to Dean Walter F. Loehwing of the Graduate . . .

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