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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and contextual approach, I have come to see it as situated somewhere between Martin Butler's study of slightly earlier English drama (that is, Caroline drama before 1642) and Robert Hume's study of Restoration drama (that is, ...
Naturally all of these activities underwent different phases as the years slipped by, but the larger fact to be explored here is that drama, which had so much interested the English in earlier years (William Prynne complained in 1633 of ...
Jonson had earlier put the rhetorical case quite directly: “Phant'sie, I tell you, has dreams that have wings, / And dreams that have honey, and dreams that have stings” (Vision of Delight , ll. 61-62).
And Verdi's Masked Ball (1859) as we know it was the result of a major revamping intended to blur the political parallels in its original form. In the earlier twentieth century John Millington Synge's Playboy of the Western World (1907) ...
In the form of allusions to earlier times, they may serve as aids to either praise (Charles I as Christ) or blame (Charles I as Richard II). Narrative “similizing” or “exampling” even had reassuringly firm authorization from the ...
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