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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... noble, and better relishing Fruit. —George Daniel, “To the Reader” (1647) IN THIS BOOK I OF FER the reader a reasonably inclusive analysis of dramatic writings in English during the 1640s and 1650s, and in the process I explore ...
... Noble Speeches Spoken to His Majestie (1641) Ye'have showne it, Brittaines, and have often donne, Things that have chear'd the weary setting Summe. —Abraham Cowley, The Civil War(1642) ... let no Nobles hope their worth will shine, Who ...
... Noble Speeches Spoken to His Majestie Returning Out of Scotland into England (1641) were assigned to the recorder of York, the mayors of Stamford and Huntington, and the Lord Mayor and recorder of London— the latter two of whom were ...
... noble Don Pedro says of Luys, “I like his wit, his spirit, and his humor” (71). There is scarcely room here to do more than name a cluster of less professional comedies, some rather livelier and more appealing than Shirley's Brothers ...
... Noble warre, / Resolve to try their fate.” [B3r]). Predictably, love proves to be the avenue that makes possible the writer's exploration of matters both military and political. Deserving of more attention than may be given it here, The ...
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