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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... claims too much, he is nonetheless pervasively convincing in his readings. An invaluable lead-in to the present study, Butler's book explains how those dramatists who wrote for Whitehall “were limited in the material they could use, the ...
... claims not to be prompted by “Necessity, or pride, / Or empty prodigality” (119). To the west, at Knowsley, for the pleasure of James Stanley, Lord Strange (later Earl of Derby), Sir Thomas Salusbury in 1641 wrote another Twelfth Night ...
... claims a wider range of moral acceptability.” The names tell much: Lady Wild is courted by Constant and Sadd, Lady Love-all is a stallion-hunting widow, and the captain's punk, who is married off to the parson, is Wanton. All in all ...
... claims to offer Landgartha, a Norwegian, as a pattern for ladies to imitate. Wicked King Frollo of Sweden is a tyrant come to conquer Norway, where he is resisted by Landgartha and other ladies, “all attyr'd like Amazons” (B2v). Before ...
... claims that that play, “Written by Alexander Brome, Gent.,” had been “Acted, with great Applause, by their Majesties Servants at the private House in Drury Lane.” Rollins held that Alexander Brome “was such an outspoken critic of the ...
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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