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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... Tragicomedies The Rising Sun Appendixes - A. The Preface to Leonard Willan's Orgula (1658) B. Richard Flecknoe's A Short Discourse of the English Stage (1664) 16 37 51 66 95 117 140 157 184 208 229 248 275 313 337 368 381 33. 34.
—Thomas Jordan, 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 ...
In April 1559, very early in Elizabeth's reign, Paulo Tiepolo wrote to the Venetian Doge and senate that players in London “brought upon the stage all personages whom they wished to revile, . . . and amongst the rest, ...
In 1605 George Calvert wrote to Ralph Winwood, “The players do not forbear to present upon the stage the whole course of this present time, not sparing the king, state, or religion, in so great absurdity and with such liberty that any ...
Richard Flecknoe warned of his Erminia (1661), “It will want much of the grace and ornament of the Stage, but though there it be better seen, yet here 'tis better understood; mean while, a lively fancy may imagine he sees it Acted; ...
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6 The Famous Tragedy of Charles I
8 Shows Motions and Drolls
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