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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... play-adoring age” [**1v1), continued to interest many and to provide English writers, readers, and sometimes audiences with many forms of expression, whether for persuasion or pleasure or both. The very recurrence of prohibitions ...
... Play read, hath not half the pleasure of a Play Acted; for though it have the pleasure of ingenious Speeches; yet it wants the pleasure of Gracefull action; and we may well acknowledg, that Gracefulness of action, is the greatest ...
... play in a book is, indeed, a far cry from a rhetorical, visual, and social event, and thanks to such thinking as Shirley's, plays continued to be printed and read. - Although some of the play-texts that concern us here were never meant ...
... play but the player that drew the heavy fire. Hence in his Histrio-mastix we find Prynne actually recommending the reading of plays (831-36,928–31).” Whatever reasons they had, readers continued to buy plays even during the grimmest ...
... plays we shall be discussing turned up in his personal library.” At certain booksellers, fortunately, a reader's choice of plays was comfortably large. In the first and only edition of Thomas Goffe's The Careles Shepherdess, a pastoral ...
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