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Fiction Based on Shakespeare: A Reading List


To better celebrate Shakespeare month this April, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building will be hosting a series of events this week celebrating the famous playwright. For those of you who can't attend but still want to get your Shakespeare on, here's a list of titles that are either modern re-tellings of Shakespeare's classics or novels featuring and/or inspired by characters he created.


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Where Credit is Due

I'd also like to give a big library shout out to all the people on LibraryThing who helped me compile this list; it was not the easiest thing to put together, and many with their great love of fiction gave me the benefit of their wisdom. Some titles didn't make my list, but you can check out more here:

I Love LibraryThing

This is so cool! I'm definitely checking out these Willie-The-Shake-Inspired reads, and it's so great to see another LibraryThing fan out there.

thanks for this wonderful

thanks for this wonderful list

A couple more suggestions

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips The Great Night by Chris Adrian

Terry Pratchett Shakespeare Novels

The wonderful satirist Terry Pratchett has two novels directly influenced by Shakespeare: Lords and Ladies (based on Midsummer Night's Dream) Wyrd Sisters (based on Macbeth)

A Shakespeare-based page-turner!

The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber. An ingenious thriller about a lost 17th-century manuscript with revelations about Shakespeare's personal life.

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