Hogarth Press launches the Hogarth Shakespeare, which publish 'prose retellings' of Shakespeare's works to mark the Bard's 400th birthday.
Shakespeare’s getting a makeover – again.
Random House publishing imprint Hogarth has started the Hogarth Shakespeare, which will bring in current authors to adapt the Bard’s plays for a current audience. So far, “Breathing Lessons” writer Anne Tyler and “Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?” author Jeanette Winterson have signed on, Tyler to adapt “The Taming of the Shrew” and Winterson to restyle “The Winter’s Tale.” Writers from all over the world will be brought in to adapt the stories, and the fruits of their labor are planned for a 2016 release date to go with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The stories will be released in print, e-book, and audio form.
The new versions will be “prose retellings,” according to Publishers Weekly. It has not been mentioned whether all of Shakespeare’s works will be adapted.