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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... honour'd, and belov'd, yet are There certaine Acts of State, which men call grievances Abroad; and though they bare them in the times Of peace, yet will they now perchance, seeke to Be free, and throw them off. [III.ii.93–99) Bremmoral ...
... honours ... : in the meane while one small cloud obscureth all these false beames in a day, yesal in a minute of an ... honour upon his shoulders, hath his exit with reproach. . . . Yet no sooner hath this Hero suffered an inrevocable ...
... honour us at Nasby's happy Field” ). Each man—Cromwell and Fairfax— thinks the crown would look good on himself, and hence each bids against the other for it. Then Mrs. Cromwell and Lady Fairfax enter, quarreling like fishwives ...
... Honour (ca. 1637–41; published 1654), and yet another in D'Ouvilley's The False Favourite Disgrac'd (1657). In Compton's Bassianus we find Bassianus claiming that “Some rudiments I haue of arts & arms / but nere could frame my tongue to ...
... honour call'd him, then if he had staid, and pin'd at my feet” (218). On the other hand, Cartwright's The Siedge; or, Love's Convert (1628–38; 1651) closes with a tableau of “five Commanders,” Hercules, Theseus, Pyrrhus, Atrides, and ...
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