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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English Drama, 1642-1660 Dale B.J. Randall. It was in the dead of a long Winter night. —James Howell, A Winter Dreame (1649) CONTENTS List of Illustrations Preface 1. . : A Case.
... James Shirley's Six New Playes (1653) 45. 46. Passage from an untitled tragedy by James Compton Title page of a pamphlet on roundheads and royalists Thomas Killigrew (1612-83) Title page of a pamphlet on Ranters Major General John ...
... James that he was James the Just. Jonson had earlier put the rhetorical case quite directly: “Phant'sie, I tell you, has dreams that have wings, / And dreams that have honey, and dreams that have stings” (Vision of Delight , ll ...
... James Miller's tragedy Mahomet the Impostor. And Verdi's Masked Ball (1859) as we know it was the result of a major revamping intended to blur the political parallels in its original form. In the earlier twentieth century John ...
... James Shirley himself, in an address to readers of the Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher folio (1647), offers a wry variation on the venerable comparison of stage and life, then tries to put on a happy face: “And now Reader in this ...
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