The Hogarth Shakespeare project sees Shakespeare’s works retold by acclaimed and bestselling novelists of today and in 2016, four novels were published to celebrate Shakespeare400. Each novel was published simultaneously across the English-speaking world in print, digital and audio formats.
Titles published so far...
The Gap of Time
Published June 6 2015
One of Shakespeare’s final plays, The Winter’s Tale, is the spellbinding story of newfound love, treacherous jealous, revenge, regret, and ultimately, redemption. In The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson takes us from 2008 London to a storm-ravaged city in America called New Bohemia in an inspired, witty, and energetic new version of Shakespeare’s classic tale.
Published July 6 2016
Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler sets her retelling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, in contemporary Baltimore, featuring Kate, a socially awkward preschool teacher and her unlikely romance with Pyotr, her father’s Russian lab assistant. Vinegar Girl is a hilarious and heartwarming tale that is sure to delight both longtime fans of Tyler and devotees of the Bard.
Published November 10 2016
“Now does my project gather to a head: My charms crack not; my spirits obey.”
Acclaimed critic and novelist Margaret Atwood tackles The Tempest, often seen as the most biographical work in Shakespeare’s canon. “It has always been a favourite of mine, and working on it will be an invigorating challenge. Is Caliban the first talking monster? Not quite, but close . . .,” she writes.
Shylock Is My Name
Published September 2 2016
This is a contemporary rendering of The Merchant of Venice, one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, and now set in England’s South Manchester, featuring rich heiresses, art collectors, footballers, and more. Jacobson’s vision for The Merchant of Venice promises more than just a pound of flesh with the drama, irony, and tragedy that gave the original play its fame.