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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... interesting, provocative, useful, memorable, beautiful, dangerous, and many things else. 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) ...
... interesting works. Arguing, as the present book does, for an approach that is culturally contextual has a number of implications. Among them, and so important and obvious that one might overlook it, is a factor that both limited and ...
... Taylor provides a number of interesting details in Tailors Travels, from London, to the Isle of Wight (1648), collected in his Works. Figure 3. Charles I (1600– 1649). (By permission of the. 'I H E S U N L E U L I IN 1 N G I /
English Drama, 1642-1660 Dale B.J. Randall. 227). Despite some interesting criticism integrated in their mix of ingredients, in other words, the masques as a whole present a basically true and potentially unsettling image of Charles's ...
... interesting section called “The Control of Private Papers and Archives” (655–58). He writes: “In 1630, suspecting that Cotton's library had provided ammunition to those who framed the Petition of Right, the king ordered the closure of ...
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