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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One might call to mind also that young miss in Aston Cokayne's Obstimate Lady (1657) who squanders so much of her time reading plays (B41). And of course some writers were worried about the weakness of the stronger sex.
... gets to the events of the time, the broad stream of history is less apparent than the swirls and eddies and the occasional whirlpool” (61–62). intended to represent one or more of the disaffected young T H E S U N D E C L I N E N G I9.
intended to represent one or more of the disaffected young noblemen who openly criticized the pacification of Berwick” on 18 June 1639 (Suckling 2:289).6 Having arrived at conjugal happiness with Henrietta Maria only after weathering ...
We find it in The Actors Remonstrance (1643), which speaks of the actors as “friends, young Gentlemen, that used to feast and frolick ... at Tavernes” (6). We find it in the words of Edmund Gayton, who recorded in 1654 how interested ...
... giving vigorous expression to the most central preoccupations of its time” (Theatre and Crisis 279), it shows Oldrent kindly opening his heart and barn to a troop of beggars who are joined by some attractive young folk in disguise.
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