Bad Handwriting May Be Great Clue in Real-Life Shakespeare Whodunit

For centuries, scholars have wondered whether Shakespeare had a hand in a 1602 play by Thomas Kyd called “The Spanish Tragedy.” Now bad handwriting may turn out to be the key to solving the mystery.

THIS story in the NY Times reads like a whodunit – or an episode of CSI.

As I mentioned previously, this news should not shock anybody familiar with practices in modern Hollywood. A-list screenwriters are often brought in to “punch up” troubled productions, earning upwards of $300,000 per week to ease the concerns of worried studio heads.

Wouldn’t the same apply to Shakespeare? If you were the equivalent of a producer in 1600 and knew Shakespeare was available for hire to goose your play with the “Shakespeare” touch, what would you do?

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