Lyly, John

(ca. 1553-1606)
   English dramatist and author of a prose romance, Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit (1578), which was his first and most influential published work. This moralizing and allegorical tale was important for its elaborate and highly artificial prose style, which dominated the English prose literature of his time. The book was immensely popular, though now regarded as almost unreadable because of the obscurity of his style. Lyly's plays, produced under the patronage of the Earl of Oxford, dealt with the same themes as Euphues, moral tensions produced by conflicts between love and duty and by tension between the demands of society and the will of the individual. His plays were produced at court and were successful in their time, but they never won the royal patronage that he expected, and he died largely neglected by the new Stuart court.

Historical Dictionary of Renaissance. . 2004.

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  • Lyly, John — born 1554?, Kent, Eng. died November 1606, London English writer. Educated at Oxford, Lyly gained fame in London with two prose romances, Euphues (1578) and Euphues and His England (1580). The novels inspired euphuism, an elegant, extravagant… …   Universalium

  • LYLY, John — (c. 1554 1606) John Lyly authored prose narratives, plays for the private Elizabethan stage, and religious tracts. Born in Canterbury, Lyly attended King s School, Canter­bury, before matriculating at Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1569. He… …   Renaissance and Reformation 1500-1620: A Biographical Dictionary

  • Lyly, John — ► (1554 1606) Escritor inglés. Autor de Euphues y Euphues y su Inglaterra. (V. eufuismo.) * * * (¿1554?, Kent, Inglaterra–nov. 1606, Londres). Escritor inglés. Formado en Oxford, Lyly cobró fama en Londres gracias a dos romances en prosa, Euphues …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Lyly,John — Lyl·y (lĭlʹē), John. 1554? 1606. English playwright and novelist who wrote a number of comedies that influenced English drama. * * * …   Universalium

  • LYLY, JOHN —    English dramatist, born in Kent; was the author of nine plays on classical subjects, written for the court, which were preceded in 1579 by his once famous Euphues, or Anatomy of Wit, followed by a second part next year, and entitled Euphues… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Lyly, John —  (c. 1555–1606) English playwright …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Lyly, John — (1554? 1606)    Dramatist and miscellaneous writer, was b. in the Weald of Kent, and ed. at both Oxf. and Camb. He wrote several dramas, most of which are on classical and mythological subjects, including Campaspe and Sapho and Phao (1584),… …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

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  • John Lyly — (Lilly ou Lylie) (v. 1553 – novembre 1606) est un écrivain et dramaturge anglais, devenu favori de la Cour. Il est le créateur d un style, l euphuisme, qui se rapproche du style précieux français. Sommaire 1 Vie 2 Œuvres 2.1 Romans …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Lyly — Lyly, John, engl. Dichter, s. Lilly …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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