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John Lyly

1554 - 1606

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John Lyly (; c. 1553 or 1554 – November 1606; also spelled Lilly, Lylie, Lylly) was an English writer, playwright, courtier, and parliamentarian. He was best known during his lifetime for his two books Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit (1578) and its sequel Euphues and His England (1580), but is perhaps best remembered now for his eight surviving plays, at least six of which were performed before Queen Elizabeth I. Lyly's distinctive and much imitated literary style, named after the title character of his two books, is known as euphuism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Lyly has received more than 341,335 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). John Lyly is the 4,669th most popular writer (down from 3,813th in 2019), the 3,528th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 2,821st in 2019) and the 401st most popular British Writer.

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Among writers, John Lyly ranks 4,669 out of 5,755Before him are Axel Bakunts, Bernard Clavel, Ann Druyan, Wyndham Lewis, Margery Allingham, and Fritz von Unruh. After him are Oskar Pastior, Helen Fielding, Jan Kjærstad, Nigâr Hanım, Yambo Ouologuem, and Jean Aicard.

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Among people born in 1554, John Lyly ranks 15Before him are Bálint Balassi, Ernest of Bavaria, Bartolomeo Carducci, Louis III, Duke of Württemberg, Girolamo Diruta, and Richard Hooker.  Among people deceased in 1606, John Lyly ranks 12Before him are Alessandro Valignano, Boşnak Derviş Mehmed Pasha, Giovanni Andrea Doria, Guru Arjan, Johann VI, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, and Turibius of Mogrovejo.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, John Lyly ranks 3,528 out of 7,765Before him are Albert Lee (1943), Lesley Nicol (1953), Michael Portillo (1953), Margery Allingham (1904), Pete Doherty (1979), and Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein (1872). After him are Leo Sayer (1948), Helen Fielding (1958), William Whiston (1667), Roy Jenkins (1920), Matt Monro (1930), and Arthur Bliss (1891).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, John Lyly ranks 401Before him are W. S. Gilbert (1836), Elizabeth Goudge (1900), Len Deighton (1929), Edith Sitwell (1887), Cynewulf (900), and Margery Allingham (1904). After him are Helen Fielding (1958), M. R. James (1862), Thomas Dekker (1572), Lucy Hawking (1969), Aneirin (525), and Ælfric of Eynsham (955).