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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... Pastoral . The Craft of Translation . Fruits of Seasons Gone . Tragedies 14. 15. 16. 17. Comedies The Cavendish Phenomenon Tragicomedies The Rising Sun Appendixes - A. The Preface to Leonard Willan's Orgula (1658) B. Richard Flecknoe's ...
... pastoral tragicomedy acted before Charles and Henrietta Maria at Salisbury Court and 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 ...
... pastoral. Beyond mere classification, in other words, genre provides an avenue to meaning—and perhaps especially where it seems most inadequate as a category. In any case, the chapters here may be viewed as supplementing and clarifying ...
... pastoral eclogue, or a masque, though it could easily be dramatized because of the set speeches which formulate its contents” (206). Despite the difficulties involved in dating, brink plays from the first eight months of 1642 (i.e. ...
... pastoral mode in a long speech by an old shepherd named Carolina: This monstrous Wolf has seiz'd on all my Flock Kill'd the chiefe Shepheard of Arcadia; I cannot speake for griefe, his tender Lambs Are forc'd from the soft Teats of ...
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