Winter Fruit: English Drama, 1642-1660
University Press of Kentucky, 2014 M10 17 - 472 pages
Probably the most blighted period in the history of English drama was the time of the Civil Wars, Commonwealth, and Protectorate. With the theaters closed, the country at war, the throne in fatal decline, and the powers of Parliament and Cromwell growing greater, the received wisdom has been that drama in England largely withered and died.
Throughout the official hiatus in playing, he shows, dramas continued to be composed, translated, transmuted, published, bought, read, and even covertly acted. Furthermore, the tendency of drama to become interestingly topical and political grew more pronounced.
In illuminating one of the least understood periods in English literary history, Randall's study not only encompasses a large amount of dramatic and historical material but also takes into account much of the scholarship published in recent decades. Winter Fruit is a major interpretive work in literary and social history.
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... Cavendish Phenomenon Tragicomedies The Rising Sun Appendixes - A. The Preface to Leonard Willan's Orgula (1658) B. Richard Flecknoe's A Short Discourse of the English Stage (1664) 16 37 51 66 95 117 140 157 184 208 229 248 275 313 337 ...
... Cavendish (1592–1676) and Elizabeth Brackley Margaret Cavendish (1624–74) The Duke and Duchess of Newcastle and their family at storytelling time Title page of Ben Jonson's Worées (1616) The crown and the rising sun as medallic images ...
... Cavendish put it, “Whensoever we see, we are always similizing” (English “Prince” 177). The resultant metaphors can be interesting, provocative, useful, memorable, beautiful, dangerous, and many things else. In the form of allusions to ...
... Cavendish, two of the dramatists we shall be considering, sometimes read plays together. Indubitably some Englishmen were building libraries. The printed catalogue of Dr. Francis Bernard's collection eventually came to an amazing 450 ...
... Cavendish had one of her characters, Lady Sanspareile, endorse the old creed: “Kings and Royal Princes should do as Gods, which is to keep their Subjects in aw, with the Superstitious fear of Ceremonies” (Youths Glory, pt. 2, p. 155) ...
12 Fruits of Seasons Gone
15 The Cavendish Phenomenon
17 The Rising Sun
9 Mungrell Masques and Their Kin
10 The Persistence of Pastoral
11 The Craft of Translation