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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... perhaps Budds of a tree, which (if this long winter of generall Calamitie had not nipt, and nere perished) might have brought forth a more noble, and better relishing Fruit. —George Daniel, “To the Reader” (1647) IN THIS BOOK I OF FER ...
... perhaps I should take this opportunity to state that I hold no brief for either (or any) side engaged in England's mid-seventeenth-century strife. In fact, my attempt to be evenhanded is based on the conviction that both the varied ...
... perhaps the method of dating and the quoting of sources deserve comment. Granted the fact that a fair number of the dates to be dealt with here are conjectural, the citing of days and months follows as closely as possible the Julian ...
... perhaps these mere two juxtaposed letters will serve to show how writing, be it simple or complex, may be more complex than first seems likely. In short, Laud's S and L should help to prepare us for the possibility of literary ...
... perhaps, the acerbic Prynne chose the extraordinary course of structuring his antitheatrical magnum opus with acts and scenes, prologue and chorus.9An essential fact for clarifying all of these data is that throughout the long years 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