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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... 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 back to the beginnings of early ...
... Lord Strange (later Earl of Derby), Sir Thomas Salusbury in 1641 wrote another Twelfth Night masque that took as its theme the merry death of Father Christmas, followed by the dance of the New Year and its twelve months. And for the ...
... Lord Deputy. Whatever Wentworth's virtues by way of honesty, hard work, and self-discipline, he is said to have ruled there almost like a king, eventually becoming unpopular not only with the native Irish but also with the English ...
... Lord Mayor (1644–45), Thomas Atkins was an alderman at the time of the publication of this broadside (22 February 1648). His alleged bowel problem is memorialized in Nedham's satiric The Reverend Alderman Atkins (The Shit-Breech) (1648) ...
... Lords, and tipped the Commons' majority over the edge into what was very near a state of legal rebellion” (Fall 450). Equally interesting is Russell's observation that “It is so well established in English folk memory that the charge ...
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