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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... prologue to a book concerned with the transformative power, good and bad, of civil strife. Since this book has now had an unusually prolonged gestation—many classes, duties, and projects have intervened—its position with regard to the ...
... prologue to Walks of Islington and Hogsdon (1657) Is it unlawfull since the stage is down To make the press act: where no ladies swoune At the red coates intrusion: none are strip't; No Hystriomastix has the copy whip't No man d'on ...
... prologue to Damon and Pithias (1571) Richard Edwards took attention-rousing pains to specify that when “Wee talke of Dionisias Courte, wee meane no Court but that” (Aii, r). It was clear to Thomas Bowes, the translator of a 1594 edition ...
... prologue and chorus.9An essential fact for clarifying all of these data is that throughout the long years of wrangling about drama, it was not the play but the player that drew the heavy fire. Hence in his Histrio-mastix we find Prynne ...
... prologue was “to be spoken by whom the Masquers shall appoint” ). The text calls for a Larfamiliaris and some nimble satyrs, the “excellent” little sons of Chesterfield, and ladies dressed as goddesses. Rather pointedly it claims ...
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