John Lyly (Lilly or Lylie) (v. 1553 - November 1606) was a writer and playwright English, become favorite of the Court. He is the creator of a style, the euphuism, which approaches the style Précieux French.
Born in the Kent, in a family of humanistic, of which most famous is his/her grandfather William Lyly, John Lyly would have become student with the Magdalen College of Oxford. It returned thereafter with the service of the count d' Oxford, before becoming playwright for the Court.
The style euphuistic is characterized by the abundance of the ornaments, the rate/rhythm of the sentence and the recourse to alliteration.
Euphues or anatomy of the spirit, 1578
- Euphues and its England , 1580
Campaspe , 1581
- Sapho and Phaon , 1584
- Endymion , 1586
- Midas , 1590
- Galathée , 1587
- the metamorphosis of the love , 1601
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