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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... on roundheads and royalists Thomas 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 ...
we find that William and Margaret Cavendish, two of the dramatists we shall be considering, sometimes read plays together. Indubitably some Englishmen were building libraries. The printed catalogue of Dr. Francis Bernard's collection ...
... Margaret Cavendish had one of her characters, 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.
—Margaret Cavendish, Plays (1668) IT IS TEMPTING but too simple to say that the closing of the English theaters triggered the appearance of many midcentury pamphlets that bore the formal trappings of plays. It is too simple for a number ...
William Cavendish, sometime commander of the royalist forces and also one of our playwrights, assured his wife “That Rhetorick was fitter for Falshoods then Truths” (Margaret Cavendish, Life b2v). And Prince Rupert, the most dashing of ...
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