Thou Art Translated! How Shakespeare Went Viral

Why did Shakespeare – and not his contemporaries like Christopher Marlowe or Thomas Kyd – “go viral?” (*Shutterstock)
Why did Shakespeare – and not his contemporaries like Christopher Marlowe or Thomas Kyd – “go viral?” (*Shutterstock)

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