In a Nutshell The Restoration is a period in literary history full of humor and hanky-panky. Shocking, right? We thought dudes that looked like this would be super-uptight. But nope—the most popular writers of the age wrote bawdy comedies packed with sexual innuendo. These writers loved to satirize social manners, sexual codes, and the social classes of their day. What set the literature of this period going was—history time! What's more, the theaters—which had been closed for more than a decade by those uptight Puritans who were in power before Charles II was restored to the throne—were reopened during this time. But it wasn't just theater that was important during the Restoration age. The Restoration writers were men and women who liked to let their hair down, so to speak (they were actually wearing their hair under wigs). If you're into comedy—and especially stand-up comedy—then you should definitely care about Restoration literature. Why did the hipster burn her mouth?