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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... dramatist noted herein—everyone's writing tends to reveal Cada /oco con su fema. “What is truth?” said jesting Pilate. It is chastening to remember that,for all his learning, Faustus misreads the message written in blood on his own warm ...
... dramatists were from the beginning alert to the problems and possibilities of topicality. Since many scholars—including Thornton S. Graves, David M. Bevington, John N. King, and Annabel Patterson—have helped to explore this complex ...
... dramatist Pavel Kohout's efforts to create a “Living-Room Theatre”: “[W]hat we don't like is a lot of people being cheeky and saying they are only Julius Caesar or Coriolanus or Macbeth” (63). When Leonid Brezhnev died on 10 November ...
... dramatists we shall be considering, sometimes read plays together. Indubitably some Englishmen were building libraries ... Dramatist” 167). - The future Charles II, of course, would have none of A C A S E O F C U L T U R A L P O E T H C S I3.
... dramatists who wrote for Whitehall “were limited in the material they could use, the diversity of opinion they could express, the range of conflicting or conventional attitudes which they could incorporate in their plays” (Theatre and ...
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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