Economics & The South Sea Bubble

This is where the site will discuss the influence of the South Sea Bubble—the first stock market crash–on Gay’s life and The Beggar’s Opera; see Air 42 for one of the play’s nod to the scandal.  For an excellent overview of the controversy and its lasting relevance, see the Harvard Library’s site, The South Sea Bubble, 1720, which also makes available a range of documents from the Baker Library’s rich holdings.