Other Literary Forms
In addition to his plays, John Gay is well known for his poetry, principally Trivia: Or, The Art of Walking the Streets of London (1716), the two series of Fables (1727 and 1738), and numerous songs and ballads. All of these writings are available in the 1926 edition of Gay’s poetic works, edited by G. C. Faber, which also includes most of the plays, or in the two-volume John Gay: Poetry and Prose (1974), edited by Vinton A. Dearing with the assistance of Charles E. Beckwith. The entire canon, including all of Gay’s dramatic works, is contained in the six-volume Poetical, Dramatic, and Miscellaneous Works of John Gay (1795, reprinted 1970). The poet’s correspondence is collected in The Letters of John Gay, edited by C. F. Burgess (1966).