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 (lĭl′ē), John 1554?-1606.
English playwright and novelist who wrote a number of comedies that influenced English drama.
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(Biography) 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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(ˈlɪl i)

John, 1554?–1606, English author.
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Noun1.Lyly - English writer noted for his elaborate style (1554-1606)
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In 1584, when John Lyly's reputation as a writer was perhaps at its height, Bar-nabe Riche wrote that Lyly 'can Court it with the best, and Scholler it with the most, in whom I know not whether I should more commende his maners or his learnyng, the one is so exquisite, the other so generall'.
In the same book in which John Lyly famously said that all is fair in love and war, he also wrote, 'As the best wine doth make the sharpest vinegar, so the deepest love turneth to the deadliest hate.' Luckily for us, we're all drunk in love here.
The earliest known origin of the sentiment 'all is fair in love and war' is found in English writer John Lyly's Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit, published in 1579.
This season, all resorts were fully booked and investors are recording a business boom which is expected to go up to April next year.Among the resorts that have attracted tourists in Watamu are Seven Islands, Krystall Bay, Temple point, Garoda Beach Resort, Turtle Bay, Medina Palms, Hemingway's, Lyly Palms, Jacaranda Beach Resort, The One Resort among others.
2000a, b), Accipitridae, mainly golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos (Lyly et al.
Chapter Three catalogues the ways in which Shakespeare's contemporaries--namely Marlowe, Lyly, and Jonson--use elements of circumstance in their plays and, significantly, demonstrates that playwrights and audiences alike had facility and familiarity with circumstantial terms.
Even a figure like John Lyly, often thought to have a coherent canon of work, a critically agreed generic category and a playwriting career dedicated to boy theater, in fact seems to have suffered from various forms of censorship, has a far more problematic relationship with genre than usually assumed and, crucially, wrote for various and variously defined groups of boy players.
Il enchainera ensuite en reprenant une chanson marocaine [beaucoup moins que] Lyly ya twil [beaucoup plus grand que], accompagne du guitariste Reda Gherzoul.