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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... Killigrew (1612-83) Title page of a pamphlet on Ranters Major General John Lambert on a playing card The “Rump” being roasted William Cavendish (1592–1676) and Elizabeth Brackley Margaret Cavendish (1624–74) The Duke and Duchess of ...
... Killigrew's The Parsons Wedding, both the work of men now thought of mainly as Restoration figures, though these particular plays were first performed in 1641–42. When The Guardian was printed in 1650, its prologue acknowledged the ...
... Killigrew's Parsons Wedding is cut from a similar bolt but in its earliest surviving form (1663) claims a wider range of moral acceptability.” The names tell much: Lady Wild is courted by Constant and Sadd, Lady Love-all is a stallion ...
... Killigrew's “Claracilla at one Mr Gibbioms his Tennis Court” (Mercurius Democritus, 1654); a barn converted to “a very fine play house” in Hyde Park (noted in a letter by H. Smith); and, most famous of all (as we shall see more fully in ...
... Killigrew's Cicilia in part 1 of Cicilia and Clorinda confesses that “of all the services the Prince did to win esteem from me, I loved him more for running from me when his honour call'd him, then if he had staid, and pin'd at my feet ...
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