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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... political, religious, moral, and economic nature—the better we will understand its drama. Although no truly great writers may be found among the many who contributed to the body of plays we will be considering, their works constitute a ...
... political ends, first helping to shore up the Tudor monarchy when it was weak within and threatened from without, and later establishing and reinforcing the authority of the new monarch from Scotland. Ironically, therefore, the ...
... political views." Students of the period have been assiduous in trying to gauge the distance between the monarchs and their people (the questions of what people and when make the subject extremely complex), but they have tended ...
... political naïveté: “I Must desire you (because my voice cannot reach to all those that I desire should heare me) to give most hearty thanks to all the good Citizens of London, for their hearty expressions of their love this day to me ...
... political. Deserving of more attention than may be given it here, The Queene of Arragon is worthy of study not only as a superior literary achievement but also, Martin Butler argues, as a subtle exploration of the idea of “government as ...
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