While reading the lovely blog of Nirmala from Red Lips and Bibliomaniacs, I was intrigued by something she wrote in the review of Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood: “I was very excited when I first heard about the Hogarth Shakespeare project, where modern writers create novels inspired by Shakespeare’s plays“. How is that I haven’t heard of this amazing project before?

hogarth shakespeare full-logo-crop readers high tea

Deep down in my bookish soul I’ve been wanting to read Shakespeare’s stories for a long time. However, I am discouraged to read the originals because the language is quite difficult and I also consider I would not have the necessary literary knowledge to actually appreciate Shakespeare’s work.

In the meantime, I read the posts of Amy from Curiouser and Curiouser. Amy has an entire blogging series – Shakespeare Saturdays – where she writes about Shakespeare in a very understandable language (and I mean this as a compliment).

With the Hogarth Shakespeare series I might have an additional way of discovering the Shakespearean stories.

The Hogarth Shakespeare projectsees Shakespeare’s works retold by acclaimed and bestselling novelists of today”. In a nutshell, it is a series of 8 books (7 are already published, 8th will be published in 2021) written by contemporary writers. Each author chooses a famous story by Shakespeare and writes a book with that specific theme.

hogarth shakespeare readers high tea

I find it so exciting that well-known contemporary authors write retellings of Shakespeare’s stories! Margaret Atwood and Tracy Chevalier are authors that I read before and I enjoyed a lot their books (“The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Girl with a Pearl Earring“). The other authors are new to me … for now 🙂

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The book covers are lovely! Probably Macbeth’s cover will also be adapted soon to fit the series

Have you read any of these books? What’s your impression on them?

Reading the entire Hogarth Shakespeare series could be a good fit for bookish resolution for 2020 🙂

‘Till next time … happy reading!


Cover image from Research.Arizona.Edu | Other images from HogarthShakespeare.com

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