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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... soldier John Suckling in the cowardly character of Sir Ferdinando. (Though he was not a coward, Suckling had made himself vulnerable to jeerers by raising a troop of horse arrayed in more-pretty-thanpractical scarlet and white.) There ...
... ten plays in that volume, all have separate title pages dated 1663 except the final two, Claracilla and The Prisoners, both dated 1664. a Roman soldier at her husband's tomb. The interest of T H E S U N D E C L I N I N G 29.
English Drama, 1642-1660 Dale B.J. Randall. a Roman soldier at her husband's tomb. The interest of the document lies less in the play itself, however, than in the author's prefatory remarks. Though undeniably pedestrian, these are the ...
... soldiers in December 1648. Ding Dong; or, S. Pitifull Parliament, on His Death-Bed (1648) was produced by the royalist writer Mercurius Melancholicus. Ding Dong depicts Sir Pitifull in bed, wasted “with a Scotch Feaver” and shaken by a ...
... soldiers and their wars had long been staples in English dramatic fare. From Roister Doister and Tamburlaine through all the history plays and down to their numerous progeny in the cavalier plays of the 1630s, soldiers had marched ...
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