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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and contextual approach, I have come to see it as situated somewhere between Martin Butler's study of slightly earlier English drama (that is, Caroline drama before 1642) and Robert Hume's study of Restoration drama (that is, ...
... at the end of which time, with the 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.
'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.
*The 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.
... comedies of the day were Abraham Cowley's The Guardian (which would metamorphose later into Cutter of Coleman-Street) and Thomas Killigrew's The Parsons Wedding, both the work of men now thought of mainly as Restoration figures, ...
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