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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... Manuche's The Just General (1652), and The Hectors (1656). '30uoted from a leaf following page 76 of The Old Law. '4Harbage records various kinds of evidence on the subject in his “Elizabethan-Restoration Palimpsest.” closings, furtive ...
... Manuche's The Just General (1652), which provides a noble titular character who is seasoned, loyal, and—as advertised—just. In fact, he is exactly the kind of soldier that Manuche, himself a former soldier, seems to have valued most ...
... . In Compton's Bassianus we find Bassianus claiming that “Some rudiments I haue of arts & arms / but nere could frame my tongue to compliments” (23v). In Love in Travel/(1655) Manuche presents. 72 W I N T E R F R U i T.
... Manuche presents Bolster as an impoverished former soldier who is especially tough-minded, outspoken, and admirable for his honesty. Many years later we continue to encounter the type. In Shadwell's The Volunteers (1692; published 1693) ...
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