The Beggar's Opera and Polly - John Gay, Hal Gladfelder
Bawdy, witty, and engaging, I enjoyed The Beggar's Opera immensely, despite the protestations of my inner feminist at the shabby treatment endured by (even encouraged by?) the impoverished female characters, though such treatment may have been all too common for women of low socio-economic standing at that time.

Polly was less comical, not so full of clever repartee, but I'm satisfied with the denouement and glad to see Gay give his major characters the treatment they so richly deserve.

One caveat: Save the Introduction till the end unless you want to know all the major components of the plot ahead of time.