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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... Compton Title page of a pamphlet on roundheads and royalists Thomas Killigrew (1612-83) Title page of a pamphlet on Ranters Major General John Lambert on a playing card The “Rump” being roasted William Cavendish (1592–1676) and ...
... Compton, third Earl of Northampton, likewise seems to have designed a play giving dramatic form to Strafford's story. For a brief discussion of this manuscript fragment, see chapter 13. cause to be in love with good counsel and good ...
... Compton 99). In any event, from the beginning and point was at least in part “a measure of how extraordinarily demilitarized a country England had become. That England had reached January 1642 with no unquestionably legal method of ...
... (1657). In Compton's Bassianus we find Bassianus claiming that “Some rudiments I haue of arts & arms / but nere could frame my tongue to compliments” (23v). In Love in Travel/(1655) Manuche presents. 72 W I N T E R F R U i T.
... Compton's Leontius (ca. 1649), where we are presented with the rhetorical question, “When Mars and Hymen both agree / Who then can doubt of Victory” (4r-v). Though the linkage of love and war had had countless incarnations through the ...
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