I recently wrote my major essay for a class on early modern drama on the Thomas Kyd play The Spanish Tragedy. I noticed then that it had additions in the back, scenes that had been added years later, and I read them. But to be honest, I didn’t like them at all.
Apparently some fancy literature professor has confirmed that those additions were written by Shakespeare. Douglas Bruster matched Shakie’s handwriting with the original additions, proving that those silly scenes that I didn’t think were any good were written by the best of the best.
But to be honest, I’m not surprised.
Of all the plays we studied in my class, the ones by Middleton and Kyd were my favourite. I can appreciate Shakespeare for the intense lines and complex characters, but the plots that really grabbed me were the ones I could follow without checking Sparknotes. Sorry, Wills.
So if you haven’t before, read Kyd. Read The Spanish Tragedy (and don’t let the name fool you, it’s not totally lame).