Sep 09, 2013
By Michael Kramer
Author Margaret Atwood is going to re-imagine Shakespeare.
Atwood and Howard Jacobson are the latest authors to be commissioned by the Penguin Random House Hogarth imprint – to write their interpretations of plays by the Bard.
Atwood will tackle The Tempest while Jacobson has chosen The Merchant of Venice. They join Anne Tyler, who will provide her own take on The Taming of the Shrew and Jeanette Winterson, who will reimagine The Winter’s Tale.
Atwood says The Tempest is a personal favourite and working on it will be an invigorating challenge. She asks “Is Caliban the first talking monster?Not quite, but close.”
The plays are scheduled to be published in print, digital and audio formats in 2016 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.