Fiction based on Shakespeare
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I have a colleague who is running several lectures based on Shakespeare in early April. We're planning on creating a display and pushing some circulating books that are Shakespeare-esque but... I can't admit to knowing many fiction titles based on his work.
I know "The Juliet Club" and the more famous "Letters to Juliet" (which was made into a film) would apply loosely, but does anyone know some good works I might be missing? He mentioned there might be some mystery titles...
A quick google search gives these 10 at http://justtenbooks.blogspot.com/2010/10/ten-books-based-on-shakespeares-plays.h....
10. The Madness of Love by Katharine Davies Twelfth Night
9. Romiette and Julio by Sharon M. Draper Romeo and Juliet
8. Starcrossed by Mark Schreiber Romeo and Juliet
7. A Girl, A Ghost and the Hollywood Hills by Lizabeth Zindel Hamlet
6. Exposure by Mal Peet Othello
5. A Winter Night's Dream by Andrew Matthews A Midsummer Night's Dream
4. Love in Idleness by Amanda Craig A Midsummer Night's Dream
3. Something's Rotten in the State of Maryland by Laura Sonnemark Hamlet
2. Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Elizabeth Gehrman Much Ado About Nothing
1. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley King Lea
Fool by Christopher Moore
The Gentleman Poet by Kathryn Johnson
Juliet by Anne Fortier
Prospero Lost by L. Jagi Lamplighter
The Lunatic, The Lover, and the Poet by Myrlin A. Hermes
Get Thee to a Nunnery by David R. Slavitt
Stormy Weather by Michael Meehan
Caliban and other tales by Robert Devereaux
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
Lady Macbeth by Susan Fraser King
Prospero's Daughter by Elizabeth Nunez
The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer
I don't know if it's actually been released yet, but I have to put in a plug for Arthurs Phillips's new novel, The Tragedy of Arthur (hmm, no touchstone yet). Shakespeare devotees, anti-Stradfordians, forgerers run amok, plus a complete faux Shakespeare play at the end.
Odd that it doesn't touchstone. There are a couple of dozen copies catalogued here: http://www.librarything.com/work/10909362
I believe one of the entries in Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series has Hamlet as a central character, but I forget which one in the series it is!
Tim said in some other thread that as part of the unfinished Talk changes that are due to be released any day now, that nothing new is getting added to the touchstone indexes. So he knows he's under the gun to release the rest of the changes.
There's a series of mysteries by Simon Hawke - Shakespeare and Smythe.
I have just finished reading The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. Although not based on a Shakespeare play, there are many Shakespeare references throughout the novel.
At least one of Terry Pratchett's Witches books (from the Discworld series) follows the plot of a Shakespearean play, though I don't know exactly... I think "Macbeth" is in... "Weird Sisters" maybe? and "Midsummer's Night Dream" is "Lords and Ladies" (vaguely).
Although an imperfect solution, a tagmash (books tagged both Shakespeare and fiction) might help you. Lots of Shakespeare plays show up, but there are also potentially relevant novels here.
ah yes, I was just going to suggest My Name is Will. Interesting book, and not for the kiddies.
How about Much Ado about Murder? I haven't read it, so I can't vouch for quality, but it would qualify.
You could also look up some of the more popular plays on LT, then scroll down to the work-to-work relationships feature for books inspired by some plays.
Listed under Hamlet (some probably more suitable than others) were:
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard (this one a play)
Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike
Ophelia by Lisa Klein
The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig
Dating Hamlet: Ophelia's Story by Lisa Fiedler
A Girl, a Ghost, and the Hollywood Hills by Lizabeth Zindel
Something's Rotten in the State of Maryland by Laura A. Sonnemark
There's always that stand-by originally for YA readers, Cue for treason by Geoffrey Trease;
Tempest-Tost by Robertson Davies;
the plays Elizabeth Rex by Timothy Findley in which WS is a character (also available on DVD) and The Hamlet of Stepney Green by Peter Shaffer;
and the Kurosawa film Ran is loosely based on Lear.
I'm reliably informed by my current uni course that Shirley is a reinterpretation of Coriolanus though it's a hell of a lot more interesting to read.
Thank you to everyone who responded!
I may actually develop a booklist of the ones I selected into a blog on the NYPL site. I'll be sure to mention LibraryThing and you guys for all your help and recommendations!
I also found an additional title not mentioned here The Late Mr. Shakespeare by Robert Nye, so I added that one into the pile as well.
A lot of the newer books were not in, so sadly... I wasn't able to include those. But I have a great selection of around 15-20 titles (many had two copies).
If you find anymore... the program is still two weeks away, so I can still add more! but you can have been SO HELPFUL! I had no idea where to even get started when he asked me.
Juliet by Anne Fortier is based on the obvious one...very good, with quotes from the actual play and lots of references, if you know the play well.
It's in Dutch, but most of the books are english: my own blog, mostly about books in which the theatre plays a role. The search for Shakespeare on my blog: http://alex39.blogspot.com/search/label/Shakespeare
Check out the official New York Public Library blog entry based on this list: http://www.nypl.org/blog/2011/04/11/fiction-based-shakespeare-reading-list
I gave a shout out to you guys in the comments below and linked back to this talk forum. Thanks so much everyone!!
I'm late to the party, but I'm disappointed that nobody has yet mentioned Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (framework based on The Tempest).
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