The people over at Hogarth Books are planning a big project to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016. They've tapped some high-profile writers to "cover" some of the Bard's most popular plays in novel format.
The Hogarth Shakespeare collection "will be true to the spirit of the original dramas and their popular appeal, while giving authors an exciting opportunity to reinvent these seminal works of English literature," quoth the press release.
So far, authors Anne Tyler (The Taming of the Shrew), Jeanette Winterson (A Winter's Tale), Margaret Atwood (The Tempest) and Howard Jacobson (The Merchant of Venice) have committed to the project. It's notable that three out of four authors are female—obviously Hogarth is seeking out writers who will bring not only literary chops but also a different perspective to these adaptations.
Which Shakespeare play would you most like to see as a contemporary work of fiction? Which author do you think would be most likely to take an interesting approach to his work? I'd love to see Donna Tartt take on Othello, or Teddy Wayne's Twelfth Night. How about talking Hilary Mantel into Richard III?