American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Lyly, John 1554?-1606. English playwright and novelist who wrote a number of comedies that influenced English drama.
- n. English writer noted for his elaborate style (1554-1606)
“Londoner by birth, an Oxford man by education, a friend of most of the earlier literary school of the reign, such as Lyly, Peele, and Spenser, and a tolerably industrious writer both in Latin and English during his short life, which can hardly have begun before 1557, and was certainly closed by 1593.”
“Lyly" (and, we may add, his associates), writes his latest editor, "grasped the fact that in prose no less than in poetry, the reader demanded to be led onward by a succession of half imperceptible shocks of pleasure in the beauty and vigour of diction, or in the ingenuity of phrasing, in sentence after sentence -- pleasure inseparable from that caused by a perception of the nice adaptation of words to thought, pleasure quite other than that derivable from the acquisition of fresh knowledge .”
“Euphues and His England (based on the 1580 edition with author's changes; original spelling), by John Lyly (HTML at elizabethanauthors. com)”
“Lyly Gui: “…I was turning vegetarian because I can't properly digest red meat.””
“And for this raising of ethical problems in an artistic setting of narrative, cf. Lyly.”
“As I recall, the author thought that once Lyly and other likely sources were available in searchable electronic form, we would we able to backdate a large percentage of supposed Shakespearean coinages.”
“Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Hooker--even, in a way, Lyly--display what is almost a new culture: that culture which was to last through most of the seventeenth century and to enrich the very meanings of the words England and Aristocracy.”
“And then Sir Launcelot with such knights as he had, and men of war to the number of ten thousand, put them in array, and met with them and fought with them manly, and slew and detrenched many of the Romans, and slew many knights and admirals of the party of the Romans and Saracens; there was slain the king of Lyly and three great lords, Aladuke, Herawd, and Heringdale.”
“Sackville has strutted into obscurity; and even Lyly, though his writings were once the delight of a court, and apparently perpetuated by a proverb, is now scarcely known even by name.”
“In England it may include Lyly, Milton, and even Gray and Collins.”
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