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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... poems, plays and Roman Catholic Literature” (Lawler 20). And whether he bought the books or borrowed them, John Cotgrave somehow managed to mine about sixteen hundred passages of verse, all from plays, for his English Treasury of Wit ...
... Poems). So far as Parliament was concerned, Charles really may have thought he had tidied up and essentially done away with a messy problem. Such thinking surely would have been encouraged by those at court who, in Sir Dudley North's ...
... poem to Tatham: “Thou didst not meane thy Theatersho'd be / Common (though publique) to th'Obliquity / Of ev'ry duller eye” (Fancies Theater A1r). We find it in The Actors Remonstrance (1643), which speaks of the actors as “friends ...
... Poems now creep forth, As innocent of wrong, as full of worth. [Richard Brome, Five New Playes A4119 Though the verb pretend here may give us pause, the versifier adds boldly, May this Work prove successefull, and we finde Those men ...
... poems to The Queene launches a rhetorical query on the subject: "This particular performance was given at Thornton House, Buckinghamshire, on 12 January 1638 (Gair, “Salusbury Circle” 74). Thornton was the seat of Sir Edward Tyrrell ...
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