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

Chris Bolt/WAER News

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. 

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The manuscript is now online for viewing.

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.

Chris Bolt, Ed.D. has proudly been covering the Central New York community and mentoring students for more than 30 years. His career in public media started as a student volunteer, then as a reporter/producer. He has been the news director for WAER since 1995. Dedicated to keeping local news coverage alive, Chris also has a passion for education, having trained, mentored and provided a platform for growth to more than a thousand students. Career highlights include having work appear on NPR, CBS, ABC and other news networks, winning numerous local and state journalism awards.