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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... dialogue. When all else is said and done, we are likely to fare best if we recognize the provisional aspect of historical truth. Like many books that target a large number of texts for discussion, this one is indebted to the work of ...
... dialogue pamphlet, the work all but explicitly turns our minds to the career of Strafford.” Concerning the “Strafford” figure in the play, for example, we read that This man is honored in the sight of his Prince, enioyeth his delights ...
... dialogues were killing off comedies (13). Even before that, in 1637, Peter Heyleyn was lamenting “No times more full of odious Pamphlets, no Pamphlets more applauded, nor more deerely bought; then such as doe most deeply wound those ...
... dialogue and treating contemporary people and current events, continued to be visible incarnations of dissonance throughout most of our period and on into the Restoration.* That the pamphlets were effective may be suggested in a number ...
... dialogue. Here, perhaps, is the word that most frequently suits our need. Educated writers and readers were familar with the (very different) dialogues of Plato, Cicero, and Lucian as well as with a good many more recent examples, such ...
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