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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... Play” (34).” Many of our playwrights have something to say on the subject. Robert Baron wrote that “Playes written are not finished, made they are / I' th' study first, next on the Theater” (Pocula Castalia 114). Thomas Jordan held that ...
... Playes, to dwell and converse in these immortall Groves, which were only shewd our Fathers in a conjuring glasse, as ... play in a book is, indeed, a far cry from a rhetorical, visual, and social event, and thanks to such thinking as ...
... playes” (127). “Away,” he urged, “with your Tragedies, and Comedies, and Masques, and Pastorals, & whatsoever other names they have, that soften 9Jonas Barish observes that “Prynne evidently wishes both to exploit the possibilities for ...
... Play-books ... (if there be no other imiquity in them) is apt to make men unapt for the duties of life” (azr) ... playes, of any bookes that are here” (Perfect Occurrences, no. 102). It is not surprising that Abraham Cowley had ...
... playes & bowling grounds” (Butler, Theatre and Crisis 134). In short, whether one delves into the history of the theater or turns to the surviving play-texts, one finds a range of offerings that together invite a broader and more ...
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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