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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... Cromwell's time (1656), one comes across a list purporting to be an “Alphebeticall Catalogue of all such Plays that were ever printed.” Compiled and printed for Richard Rogers and William Ley, this extraordinary document includes more ...
... Cromwell's order of August 1655—which, according to Fredrick Siebert, “reached a high point in the stringency of regulation and almost equaled Elizabeth in the degree of compliance enforced on printers and publishers” (3). The timing of ...
... Cromwell's “Orders ... for putting in speedy and due Execution the Laws, Statutes and Ordinances made and provided against Printing Unlicensed and Scandalous Books and Pamphlets, and for the further Regulating of Printing” (28 August ...
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