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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... 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 one *For example, on 29 September 1639 there was an “Order of the King in ...
... 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 would be afraid to hear ...
... wrote that “a Play read, hath not half the pleasure of a Play Acted; for though it have the pleasure of ingenious Speeches; yet it wants the pleasure of Gracefull action; and we may well acknowledg, that Gracefulness of action, is the ...
... wrote it soon after returning from the First Bishops' War in Scotland, and Brennoralt himself, as Suckling's editor L.A. Beaurline suggests, “probably was 4Conrad Russell makes the supplementary point that the actual presentation of the ...
... wrote at the beginning of the decade: “White Peace (the beautiful'st of things)/ Seemes here her everlasting rest / To fix” (“An Ode,” ll. 37–39, in Shorter Poems). So far as Parliament was concerned, Charles really may have thought he ...
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