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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6. Cromwell, Oliver, 1599–1658—Views on drama. 7. Puritans— - England—History—17th century. I. Title. PR680.R36 1995 822'.409—dc20 95–7634 To Phyllis It was in the dead of a long Copyright.
... it manifests an inclination toward royalism, and another that it reveals my whiggism, perhaps I should take this opportunity to state that I hold no brief for either (or any) side engaged in England's mid-seventeenth-century strife.
It is valuable to recall, therefore, that for many years before the 1642 proclamation, Renaissance drama in England had been monitored and sometimes suppressed by the Bishop of London, the Privy Council, the Lord Treasurer, ...
play, they represented King Philip, the late Queen 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 ...
... is a transparent version of events in 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.
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