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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... hath permitted these [verses] to be delayed, until their publication came too late, for effecting that which was intended” (A11).4 Thus Wither acknowledges directly that his writing is meant to interact in some intricate and even timely ...
... hath not half the pleasure of a Play Acted; for though it have the pleasure of ingenious Speeches; yet it wants the pleasure of Gracefull action; and we may well acknowledg, that Gracefulness of action, is the greatest pleasure of a ...
... hath been so much out-acted, congratulate thy owne happinesse, that in this silence of the Stage, thou hast a liberty to reade these inimitable Playes, to dwell and converse in these immortall Groves, which were only shewd our Fathers ...
... hath bin so extraordinary, that it hath bin much to my cost; for I have been (as we term it) a Gatherer of Plays for some years, and I am confident I have more of several sorts than any man in England, Book-seller, or other: I can at ...
... hath his exit with reproach. . . . Yet no sooner hath this Hero suffered an inrevocable fate, but he is wisht alive againe by them, who in his life and glory prosecuted him with extremest violence: They hate him alive, lament him dead ...
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