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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Since one early reader of the present book has told me that it manifests an inclination toward royalism, and another that it reveals my whiggism, perhaps I should take this opportunity to state that I hold no brief for either (or any) ...
This book presents a different view. The fact is that the 1642 proclamation against stage-playing, whatever else it did, also acknowledged *That it appears useful, even necessary, to do so is all the more remarkable when one realizes ...
... and reflected upon the present Government” (Hamilton 529). Two helpful studies on the earlier period are Clare's “Art made tongue-tied &y authority”; Elizabethan and Jacobean Dramatic Censorship (1990) and Richard Dutton's Mastering ...
In 1605 George Calvert wrote to Ralph Winwood, “The players do not forbear to present upon the stage the whole course of this present time, not sparing the king, state, or religion, in so great absurdity and with such liberty that any ...
In the summer of 1994, while the present book was in press, the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv caused a furor by presenting a Shylock who first came onstage in a homburg and gray suit and finally appeared as a bearded and ...
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