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. 35. 36 ...
... tragicomedy acted before Charles and Henrietta Maria at Salisbury Court and later published in Cromwell's time (1656), one comes across a list purporting to be an “Alphebeticall Catalogue of all such Plays that were ever printed ...
... tragicomedy, or a pastoral. Beyond mere classification, in other words, genre provides an avenue to meaning—and perhaps especially where it seems most inadequate as a category. In any case, the chapters here may be viewed as ...
... tragicomedies, and tragedies, we might observe first that comedies are plentiful and, in the main, good-natured works full of characters concerned with amorous pursuits. Then again, many have darkening topical touches. Of comedies by ...
... Tragicomedies of the pre-closure period make up an equally diverse group. An offering by the prolific professional James Shirley, The Imposture (acted at Blackfriars in 1640, but not published until 1653),” opens in a Mantua that is ...
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