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.
... John Lambert on a playing card The “Rump” being roasted William Cavendish (1592–1676) and Elizabeth Brackley Margaret Cavendish (1624–74) The Duke and Duchess of Newcastle and their family at storytelling time Title page of Ben Jonson's ...
... John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Duke Endowment, and the Duke University Research Council. Among individuals ...
... John I & II (1538 and ca. 1558), Udall's Respublica (1553), and Norton and Sackville's Gorboduc (1562). Like writers of other times and places, in other words, early modern English dramatists were from the beginning alert to the ...
... John Millington Synge's Playboy of the Western World (1907) occasioned riots on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1941 Hitler's Reich Chancellery banned performances and school study of Schiller's William Tell (1804). Arthur Miller's The ...
... John Fletcher folio (1647), offers a wry variation on the venerable comparison of stage and life, then tries to put on a happy face: “And now Reader in this Tragicall Age where the Theater hath been so much out-acted, congratulate thy ...
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