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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... ladies swoune At the red coates intrusion: none are strip't; No Hystriomastix has the copy whip't No man d'on Womens cloth's: the guiltles presse Weares its own innocent garments: its owne dresse, Such as free mature made it ...
... Lady (1657) who squanders so much of her time reading plays (B41). And of course some writers were worried about the weakness of the stronger sex. Henry Edmundson believed that “the feeding of mens mindes with . . . Play-books ... (if ...
... Lady Sanspareile, endorse the old creed: “Kings and Royal Princes should do as Gods, which is to keep their Subjects in aw, with the Superstitious fear of Ceremonies” (Youths Glory, pt. 2, p. 155). Speaking for the opposition and ...
... ladies, was “the **The Valiant Scot by J.W. had been published in 1637 but dates back to approximately 1626. Allusion in the present context—whether onstage, in the pamphlet, or both—is to Charles's unsuccessful encounters with the ...
... ladies dressed as goddesses. Rather pointedly it claims not to be prompted by “Necessity, or pride, / Or empty prodigality” (119). To the west, at Knowsley, for the pleasure of James Stanley, Lord Strange (later Earl of Derby), Sir ...
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15 The Cavendish Phenomenon
17 The Rising Sun
9 Mungrell Masques and Their Kin
10 The Persistence of Pastoral
11 The Craft of Translation