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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... Cavalier Drama (1936).5 Confronted with a mountain of complex and conflicting data, Professor Harbage accomplished a great deal. Unfortunately both for him and for us, however, he apparently lost or never had much sympathy for the ...
... . **This information is taken from a typescript by William P. Williams (cited in Kelliher, “Cavalier Dramatist” 167). - The future Charles II, of course, would have none of A C A S E O F C U L T U R A L P O E T H C S I3.
... cavalier are of limited use unless we keep in mind that, as Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, observed later, “the court was full of faction and animosity” (1:187). John Suckling included in his play Brennoralt (1639–41; printed 1646) a ...
... Cavalier' plaything but as an important focus and voice for anxieties and dissent existing in tension within the court. The writers ... perceive the injustice, instability and unpopularity of Charles's regime with considerable clarity ...
... cavalier drama. In thinking about this body of plays just preceding the order to close the theaters, moreover, we should bear in mind that while we know what lay immediately ahead, the dramatists, players, and booksellers themselves ...
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