• Title: Euphues, the Anatomy of Wit
  • Author: John Lyly
  • ISBN: 9780875562131
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback
  • Euphues the Anatomy of Wit Euphues The Anatomy of Wyt a didactic romance written by John Lyly was entered in the Stationers Register December and published that same year It was followed by Euphues and his England re
    Euphues The Anatomy of Wyt , a didactic romance written by John Lyly, was entered in the Stationers Register 2 December 1578 and published that same year It was followed by Euphues and his England, registered on 24 July 1579, but not published until Spring of 1580 The name Euphues is derived from Greek meaning graceful, witty Lyly s mannered style is characterized Euphues The Anatomy of Wyt , a didactic romance written by John Lyly, was entered in the Stationers Register 2 December 1578 and published that same year It was followed by Euphues and his England, registered on 24 July 1579, but not published until Spring of 1580 The name Euphues is derived from Greek meaning graceful, witty Lyly s mannered style is characterized by parallel arrangements and periphrases.The style of these novels gave rise to the term euphuism.

    One Reply to “Euphues, the Anatomy of Wit”

    1. Never mind the spoiler alert. You will never read this quaint work first published in 1579. The basic plot: Euphues, a handsome and witty (intelligent, glib-tongued) young man from Athens decides to go to Naples to live there. There, an old guy named Eubulus, having seen the troubles young men like Euphues usually get into, advices him to be careful about his ways, his money, and his dealings with women ( "Here, yea here Euphues, mayest thou see not the carved vizard of a lewd woman, but the inc [...]

    2. The influence of this work is more valuable then the actual reading of it. It's a slog to read if you dont have the power of the knowledge behind the thoughts. There is style being born here. The plot, like all didactic euphuistic (see?) works is irrelevant to the lengthy treatises on God and love. In this modern world it is irrelevant in subject matter and great in style.

    3. (from ) There are multiple candidates for first novel in English partly because of ignorance of earlier works, but largely because the term novel can be defined so as to exclude earlier candidates: Some critics require a novel to be wholly original and so exclude retellings like Le Morte d'Arthur. Most critics distinguish between an anthology of stories with different protagonists, even if joined by common themes and milieus, and the novel (which forms a connected narrative), and so also exclude [...]

    4. Euphues is eloquent when making his cafe,(can't resist) a book that is about wit. Took time to get to grips with the spelling and the use of letters, but I'm glad I took the time. The plot is fairly thin, and I'm not going to repeat it, but the arguements are wordy. Euphues has opinions on everything and at first comes across as arrogant, but things change as he grows older.

    5. What can I say about this? Lyly was an influence on Shakespeare, so certainly worth reading. Nonetheless this was one of the most painfully dull reading experiences of my life.

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