The Hogarth Shakespeare
Award-winning authors Anne Tyler and Jeanette Winterson are the first authors commissioned by Hogarth to write prose ‘retellings’ of Shakespeare’s plays for the modern reader. These new versions 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.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Tyler has selected Shakespeare’s comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. She says: ‘I don’t know which I’m looking forward to more: delving into the mysteries of shrewish Kate or finding out what all the other writers do with their Shakespeare characters.’
BAFTA Award-winner Jeanette Winterson OBE has chosen Shakespeare’s late play, The Winter’s Tale. She says: ‘All of us have talismanic texts that we have carried around and that carry us around. I have worked with The Winter’s Tale in many disguises for many years. This is a brilliant opportunity to work with it in its own right. And I love cover versions.’
For generations, Shakespeare’s works have been performed, read and loved throughout the world. His plays have been reinterpreted for every new generation: as teen movies (10 Things I Hate About You/Taming of the Shrew), musicals (West Side Story/Romeo and Juliet), science-fiction films (Forbidden Planet/The Tempest), Japanese warrior tales (Throne of Blood/Macbeth) and novels (A Thousand Acres/King Lear), to name a few. The time is ripe for a dedicated series of stand-alone retellings that will form a covetable library as well as a celebration of Shakespeare for years to come. The Hogarth Shakespeare will be a unique series to delight existing Shakespeare lovers and bring the world’s favourite writer to a new readership, young and old.
The Hogarth Shakespeare programme will launch in 2016, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. This international publishing initiative is led by Hogarth UK and published in partnership with Hogarth US, Knopf Canada, Knaus Verlag in Germany and Mondadori in Spain; and Random House Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India. The novels will be published simultaneously across the English-speaking world in print, digital and audio formats. Hogarth is currently in discussion with a number of writers, with further announcements expected soon.
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