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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... London, the Privy Council, the Lord Treasurer, the Court of High Commission, the Lord Chamberlain, the Master of the Revels, and even the monarch.” As such a state of affairs implies, the topical infringement of drama on life reaches ...
... London After this, on a meer suspition of writing other bookes, but nothing at all proved against harn, hee. was again censicred in the Starr-chamber # loose the small remainder of both his eares is the pillorie, to be Stigmatized on ...
... London between January and November 1653, Sir Daniel Fleming of Skirwith bought no fewer than seven playbooks (Rollins, “Commonwealth Drama”58). At different stages of his life the pious Nicholas Ferrar apparently shared the views of ...
... London (reverse). The motto on the latter may be translated “The sun returning illuminates the world; so the King does the city.” (From Pinkerton, The Medallic History of England to the Revolution .) One did not need to be of any ...
... London during the 1630s.” At the opposite end of the social scale from Whitehall was the huge and raucous Red Bull. In 1640 John Tatham described the Bull as a place of “din, and imcivility.” There one *In 1634 Charles succeeded in ...
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