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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... later 1670s, when once again the problem of succession became critical.) Well known also is the staging of Middleton's Game at Chess (1624) following the collapse of negotiations for the marriage of Prince Charles to the Spanish infanta ...
... later militant Puritan—we have one of the most extended of all midcentury commentaries on literary indirection. Though the playwright-poet John Denham held him to be the worst poet in England, Wither provides in The Dark Lanterm (1653) ...
... later recalled, “So various were mens fancies in reading the ... letters, imprinted in his face, that some made them to spell the guiltiness of the Sufferer, but others the cruelty of the Imposer” (Church-History Bk. 11, p. 155; see ...
... Later on, Steven Gosson, whose high-decibel, late Elizabethan scorn for stage-players gave place to no man's, was grievously offended when he found that some of his own plays had been unearthed by enemies and (strange punishment for a ...
... later published in Cromwell's time (1656), one comes across a list purporting to be an “Alphebeticall Catalogue of all such Plays that were ever printed.” Compiled and printed for Richard Rogers and William Ley, this extraordinary ...
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