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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... (probably by Webster, Rowley, and Heywood). Kirkman explains that It hath been my famcy and delight. . . to converse with Books; and the pleasure I ┼ave taken in those of this mature, (viz. Plays) hath bin so extraordinary, that it hath ...
... probably was 4Conrad Russell makes the supplementary point that the actual presentation of the masques brought together people who would take different sides in 1640 and 1642 (Fall 4), and Malcolm Smuts concludes that “the early ...
... 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 this document, the fact is ...
... probably no more than would have been approved at about the same time by that former masque-writer John Milton in his Reason of Church-Government (1642). In Milton's view, “it were happy for the Commonwealth if our magistrates would ...
... by raising a troop of horse arrayed in more-pretty-thanpractical scarlet and white.) There were probably also some barbs for William Davenant as Court-Wit. Martin Butler's analysis goes much further 26 W I N T E R F R U I T.
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