What humiliations he must have endured, to be so given to flaying the buffoon!

Others abide our question, thou art free. We ask and ask, thou smilest. . .
—Matthew Arnold

And last but not least to be mentioned, Mr. William Shakespeare.
—John Webster

By the time his brief career as a playwright was drawing to an end, poor Thomas Kyd had much to be sorry for—and ashamed of. Son to a “gentleman,” a London scrivener ever anxious to improve his status in life, he had been given a sound education at the new Merchant Tailors School which would have fully qualified him for following in his father's tracks. Instead, he strayed into literature, perpetrated a play (carefully based on the Senecan pattern), and it proved a resounding success. In fact The Spanish Tragedy, or...


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