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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... England's mid-seventeenth-century strife. In fact, my attempt to be evenhanded is based on the conviction that both the varied kinds of royalists and their miscellaneous opponents were variously right and wrong at different times and on ...
... England had been monitored and sometimes suppressed by the Bishop of London, the Privy Council, the Lord Treasurer, the Court of High Commission, the Lord Chamberlain, the Master of the Revels, and even the monarch.” As such a state of ...
... England, and Cardinal Pole, ... saying whatever they fancied about them” (Graves, “Some Allusions” 546). In the prologue to Damon and Pithias (1571) Richard Edwards took attention-rousing pains to specify that when “Wee talke of ...
... England during the period of our concern. Analogous thinking is and was ubiquitous. In the seventeenth century it undergirded coats of arms, sermons, songs, tapestries, and even penny pamphlets. Though we should bear in mind that some ...
... England's mixed goals and moral paradoxes at midcentury, or by the erosion of old ideals and the gradual growth of new. Clearly there was a continuing human need for making pretty façades and speaking from behind masks, for teaching ...
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