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Description - Endymion by David Bevington

John Lyly was undisputed master of the private theatre stage in the 1570s and 1580s, and this play represents his individual Euphuistic style. It is a love comedy, and retells an ancient legend of the prolonged sleep of the man with whom the moon (Cynthia) fell in love. The fable is piquantly relevant to Queen Elizabeth and her exasperated, if adoring, courtiers. This edition makes an argument for the relevance of "Endymion" to the threat of the Spanish Armada invasion of 1599, and to the role of the Earl of Oxford in England's politics of that troubled decade. Full commentary is provided for every aspect of the play, including its philosophical allegory about the relation of the moon to mortal life on earth.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780719030918
ISBN-10: 0719030919
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publish Date: 30-Oct-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Bevington

David Bevington is Phyllis Fay Horton Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago -- .

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