John Lyly and early modern authorship

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  • 9780719088247
  • 9781526101860
  • 9781526101853
During Shakespeare's lifetime, John Lyly was repeatedly described as the central figure in contemporary English literature. This book takes that claim seriously, asking how and why Lyly was considered the most important writer of his time. It demonstrates his decisive role in creating a market for cheap, short forms of literature, reinventing the prose sentence and thereby becoming a litmus test for literary excellence.The book traces Lyly's work in prose fiction and the theatre, demonstrating previously unrecognised connections between these two forms of entertainment. Having established Lyly's enormous impact on his contemporaries, the final chapter then examines how his importance to early modern authorship came to be forgotten in the late seventeenth century and thereafter.This book will serve as an introduction to Lyly and early modern literature for students, but its argument for the central importance of Lyly himself, 1580s literary culture and the relationship between the book market and the theatre makes it a significant contribution to current scholarly debate. Its investigation of the relationship between performance and print means that it will be of interest to those who care about, watch or work in early modern performance.
  • Manchester University Press; November 2015
  • ISBN 9781526101860
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  • Title: John Lyly and early modern authorship
  • Author: Andy Kesson
  • Imprint: Manchester University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780719088247
  • 9781526101860
  • 9781526101853

In The Press

"Andy Kesson shows that Lyly's work requires serious attention, reshaping our idea of the early modern period. Kesson challenges notions of Shakespeare's preeminence and establishes Lyly as absolutely key to many of our current critical concerns. This is a book that is lucid, learned, and above all enthusiastic about its subject.'" -- Emma Smith, Fellow in English at Hertford College, Oxford

About The Author

Andy Kesson is a Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Literature at the University of Roehampton

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780719088247
  • 9781526101860
  • 9781526101853