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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2 Great Britain—History—Civil War, 1642–1649–Literature and the war. 3. Great Britain—History—Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649–1660. 4. Literature and history—Great Britain—History—17th century. 5. Theater and state—Great ...
... at the end of which time, with the restoration of the Stuarts to the throne and the banishment of Puritan gloom, the theaters reopened, the players resumed playing, and the whole enterprise of English drama got under way again.
Not merely courtly masques but also plays of the public theater—such as Macbeth and Perkin Warbeck—could be shaped in part by an intention to gratify the powers that be. So obvious are some of these observations that most students of ...
In 1754 an audience wrecked Thomas Sheridan's theater because he forbade an actor to repeat a politically topical speech in James Miller's tragedy Mahomet the Impostor. And Verdi's Masked Ball (1859) as we know it was the result of a ...
In the summer of 1994, while the present book was in press, the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv caused a furor by presenting a Shylock who first came onstage in a homburg and gray suit and finally appeared as a bearded and ...
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