KYD, THOMAS (1558-1595), Born in London in 1558, the son of Francis Kyd, a scrivener. He was educated at the Merchant Tailors' School, of which Richard Mulcaster, was head master.
Probably he followed his father's calling for a while, but little or nothing more is known of him until he reached his thirties. He seems to have had some acquaintance with French, Italian, Spanish, and Latin, and to have done hack work in translating and in pamphleteering. Certainly with his Spanish Tragedy at least, he had a part in the outburst of popular tragedy around 1590.
It has been supposed that he afterward capitalized on the popularity of this play by writing what might be called a...
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