6 November 1558: Thomas KYD
Thomas Kyd was born in 1558, six years before Shakespeare and Marlowe. He was baptized in London, on 6 November 1558 and and buried on 15 August 1594.
His best-known work is The Spanish Tragedy, or Hieronimo is Mad Again, one of the most successful works of the Elizabethan era. It is a revenge tragedy and its plot contains several violent murders. Many elements of The Spanish Tragedy, such as the play-within-a-play, appear in Shakespeare’s Hamlet .
Thomas Kyd is frequently proposed as the author of the hypothetical Ur-Hamlet that may have been one of Shakespeare’s primary sources. Even though no surviving copy remains today, the play was performed in London:
it had a character named Hamlet and a ghost that cried “Hamlet, revenge!”.
In addition, some scholars have even argued that he was the true writer of Shakespearean works such as King Lear and Titus Andronicus