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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... pamphlet on roundheads and royalists Thomas Killigrew (1612-83) Title page of a pamphlet on Ranters Major General John Lambert on a playing card The “Rump” being roasted William Cavendish (1592–1676) and Elizabeth Brackley Margaret ...
... pamphlets. Though we should bear in mind that some playwrights were less interested than others in this sort of thing, a good many might have said with the pamphleteer Richard Overton, “The figure is but the shell; will you not crack ...
... pamphlet called Vox Borealis—probably by Richard Overton—about “a lamentable Tragedie, acted by the Prelacie, against the poore Players of the Fortune Play-house” (B2r).” Though there is good reason to have doubts about the accuracy of ...
... in the present context—whether onstage, in the pamphlet, or both—is to Charles's unsuccessful encounters with the Scots in the Bishops' Wars. chiefe Heroin” of the piece (D2r), a woman of whom T H E S U N D E C L I N I N G 23.
... pamphlets (or “mercuries”) of the day. Though presumably the scene is Smyrna, both title and play clearly allude to ... pamphlet, the work all but explicitly turns our minds to the career of Strafford.” Concerning the “Strafford” figure ...
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