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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... Restoration drama (that is, drama after 1660). To attempt placing it in a different way, one might relate the book to some of the work that has been published by Stephen Orgel, Lois Potter, Annabel Patterson, and Kevin Sharpe. Though I ...
... restoration of the Stuarts to the throne and the banishment of Puritan gloom, the theaters reopened, the players resumed playing, and the whole enterprise of English drama got under way again. This book presents a different view. The ...
... of The Old Law. '4Harbage records various kinds of evidence on the subject in his “Elizabethan-Restoration Palimpsest.” closings, furtive openings, and reactive demolishings of the playhouses, but I4 W I N T E R F R U I T.
... single most potent fore-and-aft studies of the drama are those by Martin Butler (on the years 1632–42) and Robert Hume (on Restoration drama). Figure 2. A medal struck in 1633 depicting Charles I 2. The Sun Declining.
... Restoration figures, though these particular plays were first performed in 1641–42. When The Guardian was printed in 1650, its prologue acknowledged the difference in the times: “How can a Play pass safely, when we know, /Cheapside*5In ...
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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