To read, or not to read; that is the question. And the answer is always: to read! So grab your props and swear not by the moon, but by these unforgettable Shakespeare-inspired reads.


Shakespeare-Inspired Fiction:

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

The extraordinarily received, deeply moving novel from the acclaimed author of I Am, I Am, I Am about the death of Shakespeare’s eleven-year-old son Hamnet—a name interchangeable with Hamlet in fifteenth-century Britain—and the years leading up to the production of his great play.

England, 1580: The Black Death creeps across the land, an ever-present threat, infecting the healthy, the sick, the old and the young alike. The end of days is near, but life always goes on. A young Latin tutor—penniless and bullied by a violent father—falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman. Agnes is a wild creature who walks her family’s land with a falcon on her glove and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer, understanding plants and potions better than she does people. Once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon, she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband, whose career on the London stage is just taking off when his beloved young son succumbs to sudden fever.

“Of all the stories that argue and speculate about Shakespeare’s life . . . here is a novel . . . so gorgeously written that it transports you.” —The Boston Globe

“Transfixing . . . A mystical howl, a thrumming, piercing reminder of how very closely we all exist alongside what could have happened, but didn’t.” —The New York Times Book Review

New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

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The King of Infinite Space by Lyndsay Faye

In this lush, magical, queer, and feminist take on Hamlet in modern-day New York City, a neuro-atypical philosopher, along with his best friend Horatio and artist ex-fiancé Lia, are caught up in the otherworldly events surrounding the death of his father.

“Faye’s latest is not only a richly realized mash-up of mystery and fantasy, it’s also a clever pastiche of Hamlet . . . [Ben and Horatio’s] evolving relationship is brilliantly realized, as, for that matter, is the entire book, which is, alas, ever faithful to the original, which is, remember, a tragedy. The curtain falls.”—Booklist, starred review

“Bardolators will enjoy the clever changes Faye rings on his storylines and characters . . . The ending is just as bloody as Shakespeare’s and nearly as poignant. Smart and suspenseful; top-notch popular fiction.”—Kirkus Reviews

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A Collection of Retellings from the Hogarth Shakespeare Series:

Hag-Seed: William Shakespeare’s The Tempest Retold: A Novel by Margaret Atwood

The beloved author of The Handmaid’s Tale reimagines Shakespeare’s final, great play, The Tempest, in a gripping and emotionally rich novel of passion and revenge.

“A marvel of gorgeous yet economical prose, in the service of a story that’s utterly heartbreaking yet pierced by humor, with a plot that retains considerable subtlety even as the original’s back story falls neatly into place.”The New York Times Book Review

“Part Shakespeare, part Atwood, ‘Hag-Seed’ is a most delicate monster—and that’s ‘delicate’ in the 17th-century sense. It’s delightful.”—The Boston Globe

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Vinegar Girl: William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew Retold: A Novel by Anne Tyler

Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.

“Shakespeare . . . would be pleased, I am sure . . . ‘Vinegar Girl’ is an earthy reflection of this fleeting moment, both lively and thoughtful.”— The New York Times Book Review

“A perfect read.”—New York Post

“An effective retelling, while nodding to the original text, stands on its own . . . Tyler succeeds in creating a world we believe in . . . Charming . . . Clever.”—Boston Globe

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The Gap of Time: William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale Retold: A Novel by Jeanette Winterson

In The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson’s cover version of The Winter’s Tale, we move from London, a city reeling after the 2008 financial crisis, to a storm-ravaged American city called New Bohemia. Her story is one of childhood friendship, money, status, technology and the elliptical nature of time. Written with energy and wit, this is a story of the consuming power of jealousy on the one hand, and redemption and the enduring love of a lost child on the other.

The Gap of Time takes the play’s themes of love, jealousy and estrangement and spins them into a taut contemporary tale.”— The New York Times

“Engrossing, almost soapily addictive novel.”—The Independent

“Astonishing.”—Elle

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Shylock is My Name: William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice Retold: A Novel by Howard Jacobson

Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson brings his singular brilliance to this modern re-imagining of one of Shakespeare’s most unforgettable characters: Shylock.

“[An] ebullient riff on Shakespeare . . . Jacobson’s highflying wit is more Stoppardian than Shakespearean, even amid rom-com subplots and phallocentric jests equally well suited to Elizabethan drama as to the world of Judd Apatow.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Sharply written, profoundly provocative.”—The Huffington Post

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A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

This powerful twentieth-century reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear centers on a wealthy Iowa farmer who decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed emotions.

“Brilliant . . . Absorbing . . . A thrilling work of art.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“A family portrait that is also a near-epic investigation into the broad landscape, the thousand dark acres of the human heart . . . The book has all the stark brutality of a Shakespearean tragedy.” —The Washington Post Book World

“Powerful and poignant.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Superb . . . There seems to be nothing Smiley can’t write about fabulously well.” —San Francisco Chronicle

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New Boy: William Shakespeare’s Othello Retold: A Novel by Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier brings Shakespeare’s Othello—a harrowing drama of jealousy and revenge—to a 1970s era elementary school playground.

“What Chevalier has done is recast the play to illuminate the peculiar trials of our era . . . a fascinating exercise . . . provides some wicked delight. She’s immensely inventive about it all.”—The Washington Post

A masterful and powerful retelling of this classic story that takes the original to new places.”—San Francisco Book Review

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Macbeth: William Shakespeare’s Macbeth Retold: A Novel by Jo Nesbø

Shakespeare’s dark and tragic play retold in a heart-pounding New York Times bestselling thriller from the author of The Snowman and The Thirst.

“Inventive and deeply satisfying . . . [Nesbø] offers a dark but ultimately hopeful Macbeth, one suited to our troubled times.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Nesbø manages the balancing act of being true to the original play without slighting his own interests as a writer: bleak settings, loyalty (or the lack thereof) among crooks, clever escapes from tight spots, the affinities between policemen and the criminals they chase.”—The Washington Post

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Dunbar: William Shakespeare’s King Lear Retold: A Novel by Edward St. Aubyn

A reimagining of one of Shakespeare’s most well-read tragedies, by the contemporary, critically acclaimed master of domestic drama.

“St. Aubyn rivals Shakespeare in his magnificently scathing language . . . There’s no novelist alive who combines his gift for irony and his Wodehousian satire of the upper classes with his acute comprehension of the bleakness of existence.”—The Atlantic

“St. Aubyn shines at skewering the rich and profligate.”—Los Angeles Times

“[Dunbar is] an enjoyable, breakneck ride through the misdeeds of one of the greatest stages of fools you’ll ever meet.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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A Retelling—with a Twist:

William Shakespeare’s The Merry Rise of Skywalker Star Wars Part the Ninth by Ian Doescher

Complete your collection of the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars® series and experience the blockbuster finale to the Star Wars® saga in a brand-new way, here reimagined as though it had been penned by the Bard of Avon.

“Truly a unique treat.”—GeekDad

“A brilliant look into the soul of these iconic Star Wars characters . . . beautifully well-written, humorous, and is an insightful critic of the mythology we know and love . . . the perfect capstone to the work of this modern-day literary genius.”—Coffee with Kenobi, 5 stars

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On Shakespeare:

This is Shakespeare by Emma Smith

An electrifying new study that investigates the challenges of the Bard’s inconsistencies and flaws, and focuses on revealing—not resolving—the ambiguities of the plays and their changing topicality.

“Brilliantly illuminating . . . Perhaps the best book on Shakespeare, full stop . . . Emma Smith’s voice is disarmingly frank, refreshingly irreverent, full of pop culture . . . Her reading of the plays is dazzling, her original research totally convincing.” —The Observer

“Anyone who doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about should read This Is Shakespeare. Smith—who is no enemy of fun: her book fizzes with jokes—is celebrating a Shakespeare who talks to the present. She does it all with such a light touch you barely notice how much you’re learning.” —The Guardian

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How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig

Winner of the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book, How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare is a foolproof, enormously fun method of teaching your children the classic works of William Shakespeare by Tony-Award winning playwright, Ken Ludwig.

This book’s simple process allows anyone to impart to children the wisdom of plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. And there’s fun to be had throughout. Shakespeare novices and experts and readers of all ages will each find something delightfully irresistible in How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.

“Don’t be fooled by the title. This book is for anyone who wants to brush up on Shakespeare . . . Don’t buy this book to teach your children; take them along as you commit these beautiful speeches to memory.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[Ludiwg’s] enthusiasm is also infectious . . . it’s hard to come away from this book without wanting to find someone, child or adult, to convert.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Shakespeare for Your Ears:

“Take, then, this companion by the hand, Who hath a story ready for your ear.”—Measure for Measure

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