John Lyly: Selected Prose and Dramatic Work

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 216 pages
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Three texts are included: a substantial extract from Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit, and the plays Campaspe (the first significant comedy of the English Renaissance) and Gallathea (which exercised a considerable influence on Shakespeare).

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Lyly wrote eight elegant and refined comedies for the boy companies and for court performance. His witty and elaborate prose style, drawing many allusions from classical mythology, was honed in his prose romance, "Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit" (1578), and its sequel, "Euphues and His England" (1580). These works are the basis for the "euphuistic" style, characterized by an intensity of antithesis, alliteration, and simile. Lyly's comedies are notable for their graceful and incisive portraits of women.

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