SU Professor's Literary Detective Work Uncovers 400-year-old Play

Jan 24, 2014

Syracuse University Spanish Professor Alejandro Garcia-Reidy was working with the University of Barcelona on the research.
Syracuse University Spanish Professor Alejandro Garcia-Reidy was working with the University of Barcelona on the research.
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A Syracuse University Spanish Professor uncovered a work of great historical significance during research in Madrid, Spain.  The finding might be interesting to both historians and the arts.

The manuscript found by Alejandro Garcia-Reidy was in a collection in Madrid and was cataloged as anonymous.  He was able to compare to other works by the author Felix Lope de Vega of the time, while also connecting with a scribe who copied the work for a specific theater company of the time. 

The manuscript is now online for viewing.
The manuscript is now online for viewing.
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Garcia-Reidy says the manuscript is in really good condition and can be read fairly easily.   It's available for viewing online through  Spain's National Digital Library.