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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... published by Stephen Orgel, Lois Potter, Annabel Patterson, and Kevin Sharpe. Though I did, indeed, choose a similar approach in the earlier 1970s in my own book on Jonson, such scholars have helped to reassure me of the interest and ...
... published, bought, read, and even acted. Naturally all of these activities underwent different phases as the years slipped by, but the larger fact to be explored here is that drama, which had so much interested the English in earlier ...
... published in Cromwell's time (1656), one comes across a list purporting to be an “Alphebeticall Catalogue of all such Plays that were ever printed.” Compiled and printed for Richard Rogers and William Ley, this extraordinary document ...
... published in 1637 but dates back to approximately 1626. Allusion in the present context—whether onstage, in the pamphlet, or both—is to Charles's unsuccessful encounters with the Scots in the Bishops' Wars. chiefe Heroin” of the piece ...
... published, according to the stationer, “to sweeten the brackish distempers of a deluded age.” Time and again the plays printed during the theatrical blackout display straightforward signs of frustration such as this. Quarles's Virgin ...
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