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John Lyly was undisputed master of the private theatre stage in the 1570s and 1580s. Lyly's Endymion (1588) represents his famous Euphuistic style at its best and also gives us vintage Lyly as courtier and dramatist. In this love comedy, Lyly retells an ancient legend of the prolonged sleep of the man with whom the moon (Cynthia) fell in love. This edition makes a new and compelling argument for the relevance of Endymion to the threat of the Spanish Armada invasion of 1588 and to the role of the Earl of Oxford in English politics of that troubled decade. Full commentary is provided on every aspect of the play, including its philosophical allegory about the relation of the moon to mortal life on earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783337321659
Publisher: Bod Third Party Titles
Publication date: 04/17/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 810,314
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

David Bevington is Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and Chair of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago

Table of Contents

General editor's preface



1. The text

2. Date and authorship

3. Sources

4. Allegory and symbol in Endymion

5. Structure and style

6. Dramaturgy and staging


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