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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... satire. (Jonson, after all, was still an admired model.) Of even greater consequence—and this will be a major theme here—the plays are far richer than Harbage acknowledges in both kind and quantity of allusions to their times. Most ...
... problem is memorialized in Nedham's satiric The Reverend Alderman Atkins (The Shit-Breech) (1648), Crouch's New-Market-Fayre (1649), and elsewhere. pants because the perimeters within which it was played were 3. Kinds of Closure.
... satire of influential people. During the period with which we are concerned, the most important of these probably would have been the first and last, with the second, perhaps, being least important (Profession of Dramatist 167). - what ...
... “Rediscovery of Plato and Lucian permitted the humanistic revival of the dialogue as a vehicle for philosophical discussion and satire” (285). - 1647 gives a hint of the pamphlets' range of distribution: 52 W I N T E R F R U I T.
... satire on the Reverend Zachary Crofton called The Presbyterian Lash; or, Noctroff's Maid Whipt (1661)—a work, incidentally, said to have been “acted” at the Pye Tavern at Algate. Lamberts Last Game Plaid (1660), which depicts John ...
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