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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... death drew near, he burned his collection of playbooks (Maycock 298). And elsewhere—who can say if it magnified the danger or merely the fun?—we find that William and Margaret Cavendish, two of the dramatists we shall be considering ...
... death of Father Christmas, followed by the dance of the New Year and its twelve months. And for the last day of that same year Salusbury wrote A Show or Antimasque of Gipseys, a modest home entertainment modeled on Jonson's famed ...
... death year of Day's dedicatee (1634), however, the work dates back to the earlier 1630s. Moreover, as Lehmann writes, the Parliament “is not actually a drama, a pastoral eclogue, or a masque, though it could easily be dramatized because ...
... time for Edgehill.” However, “Salusbury's mysterious death in 1643 deprived the King of a profoundly committed North Welsh supporter” (271). Is it unlawfull since the stage is down To make K I N D S O F C L O S U R E 49.
... death, Strafford confesses here, “Was it not I that arm'd the Irish Catholikes, and disarm'd the Protestants ... ?” (A2v). And he explains his own continuing relevance with a metaphor from the drama. Whether in York, London, or Ireland ...
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