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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... royalists. According to James Wright's recollection in his Historia Histrionica (1699), “Most of 'em, except Lowin, Tayler, and Pollard, (who were superannuated) went into the King's Army, and like good Men and true, Serv'd their Old ...
... royalist sympathizers into considering an alternative stand than to reinforce the already-sympathetic views of the opposition. In 1641, the year of Strafford's beheading, when Laud was already a prisoner in the Tower, a dialogue called ...
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17 The Rising Sun
9 Mungrell Masques and Their Kin
10 The Persistence of Pastoral
11 The Craft of Translation