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date: 19 July 2019

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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

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