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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... Shakespeare Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Duke Endowment, and the Duke University Research Council. Among individuals, Professor John L. Lievsay and Lilly Stone Lievsay take ...
... Shakespeare Library. Their “pains / Are regist'red where every day I turn / The leaf to read them” (Macbeth I.iii. 150–52). My gratitude is great also for the help I have received at the British Library, the British Museum, the Bodleian ...
... Shakespeare writes in another context, “There was ... language in their very gesture” (Winter's Tale Vii.13-14) ... Shakespeare's company at the time of the 1601 Essex Rebellion. (On the other hand, we are likely to forget that Richard II ...
... Shakespeare, Goffe, and Devenant, Brave Sucélim, Beaumont, Fletcher, Shurley want The life of action, and their learned lines Are loathed, by the Monsters of the times; Yet your refined Soules can penetrate Their depth of merit ...
... Shakespeare, Jonson, and Davenant. The library of Walter Rea is said to have contained “a good sprinkling of poems, plays and Roman Catholic Literature” (Lawler 20). And whether he bought the books or borrowed them, John Cotgrave ...
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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