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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Frontispiece of 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 ...
[A3r] 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 ...
An offering by the prolific professional James Shirley, The Imposture (acted at Blackfriars in 1640, but not published until 1653),” opens in a Mantua that is under siege. A stand-in princess (the impostor) provides the focus of ...
One of the strongest plays James Shirley ever wrote, one that he himself regarded as “the best of my flock” (A3r), ... To understand Shirley's decision to swathe boldness with indirection here, one need only recall the anecdote of those ...
Among these in 1640 were several by John Fletcher, John Webster's Duchess of Malfi, and a new edition of Terence in English, as well as a number of plays by James Shirley. Perhaps most notably of all, the years 1640–41 brought to light ...
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