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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The resultant metaphors can be 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 ...
has half perceived and half created a scholarly order that centralizes the nervelessly effete—at the cost, it seems, of his own patience and, certainly, of the marginalizing of some very interesting works. Arguing, as the present book ...
... in dispute between the King's party and us being, as I apprehended, whether the King should *Taylor provides a number of interesting details in Tailors Travels, from London, to the Isle of Wight (1648), collected in his Works.
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 cultural and political views.
When The Guardian was printed in 1650, its prologue acknowledged the difference in the times: “How can a Play pass safely, when we know, /Cheapside*5In his Personal Rule Kevin Sharpe has a brief but interesting section called “The ...
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6 The Famous Tragedy of Charles I
8 Shows Motions and Drolls
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