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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Best known of all is the ill-fated revival of Richard II by Shakespeare's company at the time of the 1601 Essex Rebellion. (On the other hand, we are likely to forget that Richard II was also put on—and silenced—in the later 1670s, ...
In the writing of George Wither—sometime Anglican and 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 ...
When William Prynne lost his ears and was branded in reprisal for his antitheatrical Histrio-mastix, Thomas Fuller later recalled, “So various were mens fancies in reading the ... letters, imprinted in his face, that some made them to ...
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 ...
In the first and only edition of Thomas Goffe's The Careles Shepherdess, a pastoral tragicomedy acted before Charles and Henrietta Maria at Salisbury Court and later published in Cromwell's time (1656), one comes across a list ...
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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