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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... words of Antonio Hurtado de Mendoza—a seventeenth-century Spanish dramatist noted herein—everyone's writing tends to reveal Cada /oco con su fema. “What is truth?” said jesting Pilate. It is chastening to remember that,for all his ...
... words, early modern English dramatists were from the beginning alert to the problems and possibilities of topicality. Since many scholars—including Thornton S. Graves, David M. Bevington, John N. King, and Annabel Patterson—have helped ...
... words about intention are crucial. Where analogy is concerned, the creator of the work is sometimes creating also some comfortable personal leeway. The mid-seventeenth century, then, had a particular concern for what is obviously a ...
... words Seditious Libellernor Stigmata Laudis, interpretative phrases pointing in opposite directions, the letters S and L had multiple possible meanings. Like nearly any of the plays we shall be considering, therefore, perhaps these mere ...
... words. A reader can always reread. The "Thomas Rymer, writing late in the century, expressed what may be the most extreme view of this matter: “Action is speaking to the Eyes; and all Europe over, Plays have been represented with great ...
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