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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... comic or otherwise, the topical allusions so acknowledged were largely a form of political critique. Furthermore, some of the boldest may be forever beyond our retrieval because they were the product of the actors' extemporizing and ...
... comic level, Don Armado's wish that he might “example” the description of his love with “some mighty president” (Love's Labor's Lost I.ii.116-17). Exampling is especially useful in a period of strife because it allows some writers to ...
... comic scenes and satire. (Jonson, after all, was still an admired model.) Of even greater consequence—and this will be a major theme here—the plays are far richer than Harbage acknowledges in both kind and quantity of allusions to their ...
... comic malapropism when an unwell Lady Albion is said to be “troubled with a Liturgie.” In fact, the physician on duty is allowed simultaneously to clarify and to backtrack on the author's behalf by saying, “A Lethargie you meane” (I3v) ...
... comic or tragic devices and of appealing, broadly speaking, to one's comic or tragic sense. Granted some latitude for occasional parodic, reversed intentions, then, the labels on the various title pages of the pamphlets do afford their ...
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