Posted on April 6, 2020 at 1:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A literary scholar believes he’s identified the anonymous author of the play Arden of Faversham, the first domestic tragedy in English, as Thomas Watson.

Not that interesting to you? Well, here’s a fun footnote about the 1592 play: For years, scholars believed that William Shakespeare co-wrote five of its scenes; now, Gary Taylor, the professor who attributes Arden to Watson, argues that nearly every scene shows evidence of the Bard’s contributions.

Watson, according to the Guardian, was one of the most popular playwrights of the sixteenth century, but until recently, none of his works were believed to have survived.

Read more about Watson’s literary significance and connection with Shakespeare in the Guardian.

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