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Selected Plays and Other Writings

John Lyly

Edited by Leah Scragg

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Categories: 16th Century, 17th Century, Humour
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (216 pages)
(Pub. Jul 1997)
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  • John Lyly (1554?-1606) has come to seem an incidental player in a literary scene dominated by Shakespeare. But as the sixteenth century drew to a close, the relative status of the two writers was less defined.

    Lyly was the principal court dramatist of the 1580s and author of the period's best-selling prose work, the wonderfully elaborated Euphues. A lack of modern editions means that his work has been neglected even by scholars. This edition draws the unique nature of his achievement to the attention of a wider audience and fills out our sense of a period to which his work was pivotal.

    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 (his supreme achievement, it exercised a considerable influence on Shakespeare). Readers can at last engage in extenso Lyly's highly original style and mode of thought. The texts are newly edited from first editions; the extract from Euphues is the first modern spelling edition of the 1578 text.

    With an introduction, and annotated for the non-specialist, this edition contributes to the revaluation of a key figure in English Renaissance literature.
    John Lyly
    JOHN LYLY was born in 1554. After studying at Magdalen College, Oxford and also at Cambridge, he was appointed to a position in the household of Lord Burghley. He leaped to literary prominence with the best-selling prose works of the Elizabethan period, Eupues: The Anatomy of Wit (1578) and Euphues and ... read more
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