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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... Prince Charles to the Spanish infanta. Still closer to the years that most concern us, the chronological proximity of William Prynne's Histrio-mastix (1633) and Walter Montagu's Shepheard's Paradise (1633), in which Queen Henrietta ...
... Prince of Wales—to whom Mallet dedicated the work. In 1754 an audience wrecked Thomas Sheridan's theater because he forbade an actor to repeat a politically topical speech in James Miller's tragedy Mahomet the Impostor. And Verdi's ...
... Prince” 177). The resultant metaphors can be interesting, provocative, useful, memorable, beautiful, dangerous, and many things else. In the form of allusions to earlier times, they may serve as aids to either praise (Charles I as ...
... Prince, enioyeth his delights, stretcheth upon beds of yvory, and is crusht with honours ... : in the meane while one small cloud obscureth all these false beames in a day, yesal in a minute of an houre, his Prince leaveth him, his ...
... Prince, and on 16 and 21 July two acts were passed regarding their sale.'3 Meanwhile, arising out of the whole volatile situation, Crouch's lively piece— utilizing hyberbole to heighten one's sense of how far matters had gone—opened ...
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