John Lyly, by Lyly,John
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- ISBN: 9780415969598 | 041596959X
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 11/21/2003
At a time when Shakespeare was still a struggling unknown, John Lyly (1554?-1606) was already the principal court dramatist and author of the period's best-selling prose work, the wonderfully elaborated and, in its day, much-imitatedEuphues. To his contemporaries, Lyly was one of the major luminaries of the time; they would have been shocked by the totality of his later eclipse. A lack of modern editions meant that his work was neglected even by scholars. This edition brings his achievement before a wider audience, restoring him to his pivotal place in the English Renaissance. Three texts are included: a substantial extract fromEuphues: The Anatomy of Wit, and the playsCampaspe(the first significant comedy of the English Renaissance) andGallathea(which exercised a considerable influence on Shakespeare). The texts are edited from first editions; the extract fromEuphuesis the first modern spelling edition of the 1578 text. Leah Scragg's introduction and annotationscontribute to the revaluation of this key figure in English literature.