Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit: John Lyly: publication of two prose romances, Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit () and Euphues and His England (). Euphues, The Anatomy of Wit, and Euphues and His England, by John Lyly, were published respectively in and , when the author was a young. “Euphues: The Anatomy of Wyt”, a didactic romance written by John Lyly, was entered in the Stationers’ Register 2 December and published that same.
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Euphues, the Anatomy of Wit
The Anatomy of Wyt”, a didactic romance written by John Lyly, was entered in the Stationers’ Register 2 December and published that same year. It was followed by Euphues and his England, registered on 24 Julybut not published until Spring of The name Euphues is derived from Greek meaning “graceful, witty”. Lyly’s mannered style is characterized “Euphues: Lyly’s mannered style is characterized by parallel arrangements and periphrases.
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You will never read this quaint work first published in 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 Never mind the spoiler alert.
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 incarnate visage of a lascivious wanton; not the shadow of love but the substance of lust.
My heart melteth in drops of blood to see a harlot with the one hand rob so many coffers and with the other to rip so many corses. Euphues, however, refuses counsel and, with his brilliant wit, refutes Eubulus’s arguments. Thereafter, he befriends another young man, Philautus, and through him gets introduced to the beautiful Lucilla, the apple of Philautus’s eye.
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Lucilla’s father owes Philautus money and desires that she marries his creditor. Heedless Euphues, however, allows himself to fall in love with or to lust after Lucilla. 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.
Euphues, in turn, haughtily abandons his friend Philautus, justifying his betrayal with, again, his wit “No, no, he that cannot dissemble in love is not worthy to live.
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.
Alas, however, fickle-minded Lucilla falls for another guy. What happened after this, I can’t tell you anymore. You may, after all, read this someday so let me not spoil your fun. Anyways, the significance of this novel is not in its story but in its prose style–affected and high-flown–and this was once the rage in England. This style of writing or speaking was called “euphuism” after Lyly’s principal protagonist. Here, for example, is Euphues’s euphuistic lamentation after Lucilla had dumped him: 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!
Ah Euphues, into what misfortune art thou brought! In what sudden misery art thou wrapped! It is like to fare with thee as with the eagle, which dieth neither for age nor with sickness but with famine, for although thy stomach hunger, yet thy heart will not suffer thee to eat.
And why shouldst thou torment thyself for one in whom is neither faith nor fervency? Oh the counterfeit love of women! As therefore I gave a farewell to Lucilla, a farewell to Naples, a farewell to women, so now do I give farewell to the world, meaning rather to macerate myself with melancholy than pine in folly, rather choosing to die in my study amidst my books than to court it in Italy in the company of ladies.
View all 3 comments. Mar 27, Julian Munds rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 ljly thoughts. There is style being born here. The plot, like all didactic euphuistic see? In this modern world it is irrelevant in subject matter and great in style.
Nov 22, MJ marked it as to-read Shelves: Some critics ly,y 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 narrativeand so als from Wikipedia There are multiple candidates for first novel in English partly because of ignorance of earlier works, but largely because the term novel eupuhes be defined so as to exclude earlier candidates: 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 narrativeand so also exclude Le Morte d’Arthur.
Some critics distinguish between the romance which has euphus elements and the novel which is wholly realistic and so yet again exclude Le Morte d’Arthur. Some critics distinguish between the allegory in which characters and events have political, religious or other meanings and the novel eupgues which characters and events stand only for themselves and so exclude The Pilgrim’s Progress and A Tale of suphues Tub.
Some critics require kyly novel to have a certain length, and so exclude Oroonoko, defining it instead as a novella. Some critics distinguish between the picaresque which has a loosely connected sequence of episodes and the novel which has unity of structure and so exclude The Unfortunate Traveller.
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.
Apr 04, Laurie rated it it was ok Shelves: What can I say about this? Lyly was an influence on Shakespeare, so certainly worth reading.
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