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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... called The Old Law (by Middleton, Rowley, and Massinger), Archer offered “An Exact and perfect Catalogue” of 622 plays. Furthermore, these works were not simply known to him; he claimed that they could be purchased either “at the Signe ...
... called “Halcyon dayes” that one encounters in writings of the time (e.g., Carew, “In Answer of an Elegiacall Letter,” 1.96). Richard Fanshawe wrote at the beginning of the decade: “White Peace (the beautiful'st of things)/ Seemes here ...
... called The Cardinal/s conspira/c/ie, whom they brought upon the stage in as great state as they could, with Altars, Images, Crosses, Crucifexes, and the like, to set forth his pomp and pride. But wofull was the sight to see how in the ...
... called the most popular book of verse in the seventeenth century), is Francis Quarles's The Virgin Widow. This was acted privately by some young gentlemen in Chelsea in 1641 and then eight years later was finally published, according to ...
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