Thomas Kyd  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Thomas Kyd (November 3, 1558July 16, 1594) Although well-known in his own time, Kyd fell into obscurity until 1773 when an early editor of the The Spanish Tragedie, Thomas Hawkins, discovered that the playwright was named as its author by Thomas Heywood in his Apologie for Actors (1612). A hundred years later, scholars in Germany and England began to shed light on his life and work, including the controversial finding that he may have been the author of a Hamlet play pre-dating Shakespeare's.[1] [May 2007]

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