Thomas Kyd

1558 - 1594

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Thomas Kyd (baptised 6 November 1558; buried 15 August 1594) was an English playwright, the author of The Spanish Tragedy, and one of the most important figures in the development of Elizabethan drama. Although well known in his own time, Kyd fell into obscurity until 1773 when Thomas Hawkins, an early editor of The Spanish Tragedy, discovered that Kyd was named as its author by Thomas Heywood in his Apologie for Actors (1612). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Kyd has received more than 283,857 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Thomas Kyd is the 1,985th most popular writer (down from 1,942nd in 2019), the 1,541st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,460th in 2019) and the 173rd most popular British Writer.

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Among writers, Thomas Kyd ranks 1,985 out of 5,794Before him are Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Anne Sexton, Alejandra Pizarnik, Honoré d'Urfé, Eugenio Barba, and Fan Zhongyan. After him are Abraham ibn Daud, Kingsley Amis, Tom Sharpe, Cleitarchus, Adnan Oktar, and Mateo Alemán.

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Among people born in 1558, Thomas Kyd ranks 5Before him are Michael the Brave, Maximilian III, Archduke of Austria, Ishikawa Goemon, and Hendrik Goltzius. After him are Oda Nobutaka, Robert Greene, and Thomas Lodge. Among people deceased in 1594, Thomas Kyd ranks 8Before him are Tintoretto, Orlande de Lassus, Gerardus Mercator, Ishikawa Goemon, Archduchess Eleanor of Austria, and Martin Frobisher. After him are Bálint Balassi and Alonso de Ercilla.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Kyd ranks 1,541 out of 6,924Before him are Michael Redgrave (1908), Iain Glen (1961), James Edward Smith (1759), Hubert Cecil Booth (1871), John Alcock (1892), and Thomas Cole (1801). After him are Kingsley Amis (1922), Tom Sharpe (1928), Max Mallowan (1904), George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen (1784), Rafael Merry del Val (1865), and Rosamund Pike (1979).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Thomas Kyd ranks 173Before him are Peter Shaffer (1926), Clive Barker (1952), Anthony Trollope (1815), Malcolm Lowry (1909), Edwin Abbott Abbott (1838), and Richard Aldington (1892). After him are Kingsley Amis (1922), Tom Sharpe (1928), Anne Perry (1938), Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806), Matthew Arnold (1822), and Elizabeth Siddal (1829).