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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But Nature impatient of comparisons, and as it were disdaining a companion or copartner in her working, added to this comeliness of his body such a sharp capacity of mind, that not only she proved Fortune counterfeit, but was half of that opinion that she herself was only current.

John Lyly: Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit; excerpt

What happened after this, I can’t tell you anymore. And therefore farewell Lucilla, the most inconstant that ever nursed in Naples, farewell Naples the most cursed town in all Italy, and women all farewell!

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Lyly’s mannered style is characterized “Euphues: If of johb what helpeth Nature? He that commeth in print bicause he would be knowen, is lyke the foole that commeth into the market bicause he would be seene. Euphues, however, refuses counsel and, with his brilliant wit, refutes Eubulus’s arguments.

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Who more enuious then Tymondenouncing all humaine societie? Euphues, a handsome and witty intelligent, glib-tongued young man from Athens decides to go to Naples to live there.

Thys olde Gentleman hauinge finished his dyscourse, Euphues beganne to shape hym an aunswere in this sort. The Birde Faurashath a great johm but a small body, the thunder a greate clappe, yet but a lyttle stone, the emptie vessell giueth a greater sownd, then the full barrell.

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Euphues, the Anatomy of Wit

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you euhues to read. Nonetheless this was one of the most painfully dull reading euphuds of my life. Dauid holye, but yet an homicide: Peter Shortland rated it liked it Mar 23, Love is a chameleon, which draweth nothing into the mouth but air, and nourisheth nothing in the body but lungs. That the softe fetherbed breketh the hard blade? 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.

The freshest colors soonest fade, the teenest razor soonest turneth his edge, the finest cloth is soonest eaten with moths, and the cambric sooner stained than the coarse canvas: I am not he that seeketh prayse for his labour, but pardon for his offence, neither doe I set this foorth for any deuotion in print, but for dutie whith I owe to my Patrone. In this modern world it is irrelevant in subject matter and great in style.

Euphues, the Anatomy of Wit by John Lyly

Cat Priamos rated it liked it Mar 08, It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. You may, after all, read this someday so let me not spoil your fun. 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.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. A work of primary importance for students of Renaissance prose, this edition complements the on-going publication of Lyly’s dramatic works in The Revels Plays.

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

Lyly was one of those who wanted to raise English prose to the height of sophistication of the great Latin stylists.


Believe me, Eumenides, desire dies in the same moment that beauty sickens, and beauty fadeth in the same instant that it flourisheth.

The one will be satisfyed with reason, the other are to be aunswered with silence. Tully eloquent in his glozes, yet vainglorious: Most critics distinguish between an jojn of stories with different protagonists, even if joined by common themes and milieus, and the novel which forms a connected narrativeand so also exclude Le Morte d’Arthur.

When parents have more care how to leave their children wealthy than wise, and are more desirous to have them maintain the name, than the nature of a gentleman: Euphues, the Anatomy o That the stone Abeston being once made hotte will neuer be made colde? Dyd they not remember that whiche no man ought to forgette, that the tender youth of a childe is lyke the euphue of newe waxe apte to receiue any forme? Here, for example, is Euphues’s euphuistic lamentation after Lucilla had dumped him: The name Euphues is derived from Greek meaning “graceful, witty”.

Ann rated it did not like it Jun 16, Euphues and Philautus vie for the love of Lucilla, realising finally that their friendship is more important; in the play Endymion Eumenides puts his love for his friend Endymion above his love for Semele with the happy result that Endymion is restored to youth and he is given Semele as a reward.

If one write neuer so well, he cannot please all, and write he neuer so ill hee shall please some. Lyly’s style depends for its effect on alliteration, balanced sentences, antithesis, and exotic imagery:.

That euery thing will dispose it selfe according to Nature?