Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 19 July 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This article examines John Lyly's prose style, which has often been described using the term ‘euphism’. The term was derived from the hero of Lyly's two prose fictions, Euphues. The anatomy of wyt (1578) and Euphues and his England (1580). It is an evolving mode, which developed in the course of Lyly's own work and in the work of his imitators in order to accommodate the changing agendas of those speaking and writing it, and the genres in which it is placed. Lyly's style provided the environment in which printed prose fiction was established in the 1580s; euphuism was a new way of dressing up language and writing for fun.

Keywords: John Lyly, English prose, euphumism, prose writing, prose style, printed prose

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.