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John Lyly

(c. 1554—1606) writer and playwright


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(?1554–1606),

grandson of W. Lily. He was MP successively for Hindon, Aylesbury, and Appleby (1589–1601), and supported the cause of the bishops in the Martin Marprelate controversy in a satirical pamphlet, Pappe with an Hatchet (1589). The first part of his Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit appeared in 1578, and the second part, Euphues and his England, in 1580. Its peculiar style came to be known as ‘Euphuism’. Among Lyly's plays are Alexander, Campaspe and Diogenes (see Under Campaspe); Sapho and Phao (1584); Endimion (1591); Midas (1592); Mother Bombie (1594, see Bumby). The attractive songs in the plays were first printed in Blount's collected edition of 1632.

Subjects: Literature.


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