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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... Civil War, 1642–1649–Literature and the war. 3. Great Britain—History—Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649–1660. 4. Literature and history—Great Britain—History—17th century. 5. Theater and state—Great Britain—History—17th century. 6 ...
... civil strife often referred to at the time as a “winter.”" For me, the title Winter Fruit has personal as well as historical and literary applications. I set to work on this project in the late 1960s, in fact in the year when a number ...
... Civil Wars, Commonwealth, and Protectorate played a significant part in the life of their time. It is not too much to say, therefore, that they are one way of reading their time. Conversely, it is necessary to read their time in other ...
... Civil War(1642) ... let no Nobles hope their worth will shine, Who make the Sun of Majesty decline. . . . —Thomas Fuller, Andronicus; or, The Unfortunate Politician (1646) ... the Suns withdrawing leaves one world, Into a Winters ...
... civil war led to an exaggerated impression of England's lost happiness, the sense of her unique peace had been well established before the outbreak of armed conflict. Charles and his contemporary historians, in fact, recount an ...
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