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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... in fact in the year when a number of disaffected students at Duke University barricaded and threatened to burn Duke's main administration building, where as a dean I had an office. I remember clearly the smell of tear gas drifting ...
In fact, my attempt to be evenhanded is based on the conviction that both the varied kinds of royalists and their miscellaneous opponents were variously right and wrong at different times and on different issues. On the other hand, ...
Granted the fact that a fair number of the dates to be dealt with here are conjectural, the citing of days and months follows as closely as possible the Julian mode of reckoning current in the seventeenth century.
The fact is that the 1642 proclamation against stage-playing, whatever else it did, also acknowledged *That it appears useful, even necessary, to do so is all the more remarkable when one realizes that as long ago as 1934 Louis B.
Whatever reasons they may have had, the fact is that some midcentury playwrights did begin to include more stage directions than had been customary in earlier years. It is a fact also that when we are confronted with a text on a table ...
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