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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... comedy and performed Macbeth “with inordinate pauses at the relevant points, and a full minute of silence after 'Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?” It was a black mass” (Adler 1413). Andrzej ...
... comedy 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 ...
... Comedy, or go to the Exchange i'the afternoon” (C2r). - Killigrew's Parsons Wedding is cut from a similar bolt but in its earliest surviving form (1663) claims a wider range of moral acceptability.” The names tell much: Lady Wild is ...
... Comedy sho'd neither end Comically or Tragically, but betwixt both: which Decorum I did my best to observe, not to goe against Art, to please the over-amorous” (K1 v). Perhaps more to the point than genre decorum, however, is the figura ...
... Comedy into a Tragedy, and being plundered of all the richest of their cloathes, they left them nothing but their necessities now to act, and to learne a better life. [Weekely Accompt 6] Moreover, surveying all such evidence as we now ...
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