Euphues, The Anatomy of Wit, and Euphues and His England, by John Lyly, were published respectively in and , when the author was a young. From Euphues. By John Lyly. Edited by Jack Lynch. The text comes from the first edition, I’ve added the paragraph numbers. The original is in black-letter. John Lyly’s Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit and Euphues and his England, created a literary sensation in their own age, and had a profound.

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You may, after all, read this someday so let me not spoil your fun. Both Lyly’s prose works and his plays give many examples of the Renaissance creed that male friendship is to be considered superior to the love of a man for a woman the woman’s point of view is not considered.

In this modern world it is irrelevant in subject matter and great in style. Ah Euphues, into what misfortune art thou brought!

Some critics require a novel to be wholly original and so exclude retellings like Le Morte d’Arthur. Quotes from Euphues, the Anat Lyly’s linguistic style, originating in his first books, is known as Euphuism. Cheryl rated it it was ok Aug 17, Believe me, Eumenides, desire dies in the same moment that beauty sickens, and beauty fadeth in the same instant lly it flourisheth.

Euphues’ Latin luly in praise of Elizabeth I is translated for the first time, and is discussed in an appendix. Lyly’s mannered style is characterized by parallel euphued and periphrases. The Sun shineth vppon the dungehill, and is not corrupted, the Diamond lyeth in the fire, and is not consumed, the Christall toucheth the Toade, and is not poysoned, the birde Fiochilus lyueth by the mouth of the Crocodile and is not spoyled, a perfecte wit is neuer bewitched with leaudenesse, neyther entised with lasciuiosnesse.


I’ve added the paragraph numbers. Tatjana JP rated it did not like it Jan 05, The text still has to be proofread against the original, and I hope to add commentary as time permits.

Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit

Lists with This Book. Doe you not knowe that which all men doe affirme and knowe, that blacke will take no other coulour? No no Eubulusbut I will yeelde to more, then eyther I am bounde to graunte, eyther thou able to proue: Lyly was one of those who wanted to raise English prose to the height of sophistication of the great Latin stylists.

Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Poems: Wayne rated it it was ok Nov 20, Sandi rated it it was ok Nov 17, Lyly’s style depends for its effect on alliteration, balanced sentences, antithesis, and exotic imagery:.

The Birde Faurashath a great voyce but a small body, the thunder a greate clappe, euhpues but a lyttle stone, the emptie vessell giueth a greater sownd, then the full barrell. Lyly was an influence on Shakespeare, so certainly worth reading. Euphues is a rather moral romance distinguished by its elaborate style.

Aristippus his wart, Lycurgus his wen: Alas, however, fickle-minded Lucilla falls for another guy.

Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit and Euphues and His England John Lyly

Lyly’s mannered style is characterized “Euphues: And why shouldst thou torment thyself for one in whom is neither faith nor fervency? Academic Skip to main content.

Angela rated it really liked it Sep 24, Though yron be made softe with fire it returneth to his hardnes, though the Fawlcon be reclaimed to y e fist she retyreth to hir haggardnesthe whelpe of a Mastiffe will neuer be taught to retriue the Partridge, education can haue no shew, where the excellencie of nature doth beare sway.

Further reading on this topic. Let the Lacedemonianthe Persianthe Parthianyea, the Neapolitancause thee rather to detest suche villanie, at the sight and viewe of their vanitie. I meane not to cauill wyth you as one louinge sophistrye, neyther to controwle you as one hauing superioritie, the one woulde bring my talke into the suspition of fraude, the other conuince me of folly.


Doth not Aristotle alleadge and confirme, that Nature frameth or maketh nothing in any poynte rude, vayne, and vnperfect?

What can I say about this? Be the first to ask a question about Euphues, the Anatomy of Wit. That Nature will haue course after kinde?

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If one write neuer so lhly, he cannot please all, and write he neuer so ill hee shall please some. That a newe worke should not endure but three monethes.

The Troyans repented to late when their towne was spoiled: The silly Mouse will by no manner of meanes be tamed, the subtill. I am of this mind, that both might and malice, deceit and treachery, all perjury, any impiety may lawfully be committed in love, which is lawless.

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Madalynn rated it did not like it Sep 08, The latter accepts his love “It is Euphues that lately arrived here at Naples that hath battered the bulwark of my breast and shall shortly enter as conqueror into my bosom,” she tells her father.

Jordan Ivie rated it it was ok Dec 12, Selected works of Lyly are on line. How to cite this jkhn. Aristippusa Philosopher, yet who more courtely? In what sudden misery art thou wrapped! Michelle Daniel rated it it was ok Aug 08,