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Lyly

[lil-ee] /ˈlɪl i/
noun
1.
John, 1554?–1606, English writer of romances and plays.
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  • It was as a novelist that Lyly first came before the world of English letters.

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  • Latimer also employs the responsive method so frequently used by Lyly.

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  • And here again we must reassert the significance of Lyly's appeal to women.

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  • This change is first expressed by Lyly in his second novel and later in his dramas.

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  • Let us first see how Lyly himself came to tread this same pathway.

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  • Lyly, Congreve, Sheridan, were all men of fashion first and writers of comedy after.

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  • The use of blank verse had yet to be discovered, and Lyly was to have a hand in this matter also.

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  • Lyly was a beginner, and his fault lay in attempting too much.

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  • In an audience thus susceptible to innuendo Lyly saw his opportunity.

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  • We cannot wonder that Endymion attracted Shakespeare, for it is the most "romantic" of all Lyly's plays.

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British Dictionary definitions for Lyly

Lyly

/ˈlɪlɪ/
noun
1.
John. ?1554–1606, English dramatist and novelist, noted for his two romances, Euphues, or the Anatomy of Wit (1578) and Euphues and his England (1580), written in an elaborate style See also euphuism
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