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“What are the best books Inspired by Shakespeare?” We looked at 180 of the top books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

As we mentioned in our “Best Books About Shakespeare” list, pretty much everything written these days can somehow be traced back to the man. His influence spans through every genre and decade, and honestly, this list could probably be expanded tenfold if we kept going. Our list includes both books inspired by Shakespeares writing and others that are retellings of his work.

The top 22 books, all appearing on three or more lists, are below with images, summaries, and links. The additional 158 titles, as well as the lists we used, can be found at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 22 Shakespeare Influenced Books



22 .) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Lists It Appears On:

  • No Sweat Shakespeare
  • Shakespear Online
  • The Guardian

Aldous Huxley is rightly considered a prophetic genius and one of the most important literary and philosophical voices of the 20th Century, and Brave New World is his masterpiece. From the author of The Doors of Perception, Island, and countless other works of fiction, non-fiction, philosophy, and poetry, comes this powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations. Brave New World remains absolutely relevant to this day as both a cautionary dystopian tale in the vein of the George Orwell classic 1984, and as thought-provoking, thoroughly satisfying entertainment.

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21 .) Enter Three Witches by Caroline B. Cooney

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Campus Guides
  • EPL
  • Bustle

“A fresh perspective on MACBETH from one of today’s foremost YA writers. Three girls witness the action of Shakespeare’s play firsthand — and their lives are forever changed because of it.

Lady Mary is a ward of Lord and Lady Macbeth whose life is forever changed when her father, Lord Cawdor, betrays the Scottish king — and is hanged as a traitor. In an instant, Mary has lost both her father and future. Now she’s trapped in a castle with a power-hungry couple who will do anything to get what they want — and are willing to crush anyone in their way. Including Mary. As the murderous events of Shakespeare’s play unfold around her, Mary must struggle to survive — and do what she can to prevent more deaths. But can a lone girl save lives when a legion of Scottish lords cannot?”

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20 .) Juliet by Anne Fortier

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • EPL
  • NYPL

When Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy, she is told that it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is launched on a winding and perilous journey into the history of her ancestor Giulietta, whose legendary love for a young man named Romeo rocked the foundations of medieval Siena. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families immortalized in Shakespeare’s unforgettable blood feud, she begins to realize that the notorious curse—“A plague on both your houses!”—is still at work, and that she is the next target. It seems that the only one who can save Julie from her fate is Romeo—but where is he?

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19 .) Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bustle

“The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn’t anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she’s fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she’s forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.”

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18 .) Ophelia by Lisa Klein

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Wikipedia
  • Bustle

In this reimagining of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Ophelia must choose between her love for Hamlet and her own life. In a surprising twist, she devises a plan to escape from Elsinore forever . . . with one very dangerous secret. Sharp and literary, dark and romantic, this dramatic story holds readers in its grip until the final, heartrending scene.

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17 .) Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Scottish Book Trust
  • Bookish
  • Bustle

The popularity of Jasper Fforde’s one-of-a-kind series of genre-bending blend of crime fiction, fantasy, and top-drawer literary entertainment builds with each new book. Now in the fourth installment, the resourceful literary detective Thursday Next returns to Swindon from the BookWorld accompanied by her son Friday and none other than the dithering Hamlet. But returning to SpecOps is no snap—as outlaw fictioner Yorrick Kaine plots for absolute power, the return of Swindon’s patron saint foretells doom, and, if that isn’t bad enough, The Merry Wives of Windsor is becoming entangled with Hamlet.

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16 .) Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Campus Guides
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bustle

“In fair Verona, enemies still walk the streets.
Two news hearts. Same two families.
The fight to the altar is about to happen.
All. Over. Again.

This homage to the classic Shakespearean tale of Romeo and Juliet will have readers pining for a star-crossed love of their very own.”

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15 .) The Dead Father’s Club by Matt Haig

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Scottish Book Trust
  • Book Riot
  • Flavorwire

A triumph of originality and humor, this clever novel by British author Matt Haig gives us Hamlet redux with an unforgettable voice all his own. When eleven-year-old Philip Noble is confronted by the ghost of his recently deceased father and asked to avenge his death, the boy finds himself in a thorny dilemma. Revenge, after all, is a tricky business-especially when Philip is already distracted by his girlfriend, school bullies, self-doubt, and all the other challenges of adolescence. Viewing the adult world through the eyes of a young boy, The Dead Fathers Club is a brilliant, quirky take on a classic tale.

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14 .) The Dogs of War by Frederick Forsyth

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Lists It Appears On:

  • No Sweat Shakespeare
  • Shakespear Online
  • The Guardian

“In a remote corner of the impoverished African republic of Zangaro lies Crystal Mountain. At certain times of the day, the mountain itself seems to glow with a strange light. Only the ruthless and untouchable tycoon Sir James Manson knows why: the mountain contains billions of dollars worth of the world’s most valuable mineral—platinum. And he wants it all.

To do so, he must first remove the unfriendly government currently in power and replace it with a puppet regime. Towards this end, Manson hires the deadly Cat Shannon and his team of mercenaries to do the dirty work. But he didn’t realize how bloody things were going to get. And when he betrays the mercenaries to a brutal fate, he doesn’t realize how far Shannon is willing to go for revenge…”

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13 .) The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • EPL
  • NYPL

Imprisoned for life aboard a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis, greeting-card writer Harold Winslow pens his memoirs. His only companions are the disembodied voice of Miranda Taligent, the only woman he has ever loved, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father, Prospero, the genius and industrial magnate who drove her insane. As Harold heads toward a last desperate confrontation with Prospero to save Miranda’s life, he finds himself an unwitting participant in the creation of the greatest invention of them all: the perpetual motion machine. Beautifully written, stunningly imagined, and wickedly funny, Dexter Palmer’s The Dream of Perpetual Motion is a heartfelt meditation on the place of love in a world dominated by technology.

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12 .) The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

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Lists It Appears On:

  • NY Times
  • Shaksper
  • Book Riot

“The Winter’s Tale is one of Shakespeare’s “late plays.” It tells the story of a king whose jealousy results in the banishment of his baby daughter and the death of his beautiful wife. His daughter is found and brought up by a shepherd on the Bohemian coast, but through a series of extraordinary events, father and daughter, and eventually mother too, are reunited.

In The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson’s cover version of The Winter’s Tale, we move from London, a city reeling after the 2008 financial crisis, to a storm-ravaged American city called New Bohemia. Her story is one of childhood friendship, money, status, technology and the elliptical nature of time. Written with energy and wit, this is a story of the consuming power of jealousy on the one hand, and redemption and the enduring love of a lost child on the other.”

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11 .) When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Campus Guides
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Barnes & Noble

“Rosaline knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. Rose has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss her—and when he finally does, it’s perfect. But then Juliet moves back to town. Juliet, who used to be Rose’s best friend. Juliet, who now inexplicably hates her. Juliet, who is gorgeous, vindictive, and a little bit crazy…and who has set her sights on Rob. He doesn’t stand a chance.

Rose is devastated over losing Rob to Juliet. And when rumors start swirling about Juliet’s instability, her neediness, and her threats of suicide, Rose starts to fear not only for Rob’s heart, but also for his life. Because Shakespeare may have gotten the story wrong, but we all still know how it ends.”

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10 .) Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • No Sweat Shakespeare
  • Bookish

“Terry Pratchett’s fantasy classic Wyrd Sisters, a novel in the Discworld series, is the story of Granny Weatherwax, the most highly regarded non-leader a coven of non-social witches could ever have.

Generally, these loners don’t get involved in anything, mush less royal intrigue. but then there are those times they can’t help it. As Granny Weatherwax is about to discover, though, it’s a lot harder to stir up trouble in the castle than some theatrical types would have you think. Even when you’ve got a few unexpected spells up your sleeve.

Granny Weatherwax teams with two other witches — Nanny Ogg and Margat Garlick – as an unlikely alliance to save a prince and restore him to the throne of Lancre, in a tale that borrows — or is it parodies — some of William Shakespeare’s best-loved works.”

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9 .) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

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Lists It Appears On:

  • NY Times
  • Bookish
  • Bustle
  • No Sweat Shakespeare

Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eve view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

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8 .) The Madness of Love by Katharine Davies

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • Bookish
  • NYPL
  • Flavorwire

“With a sophistication and mischievousness remarkable for a first-time novelist, Katharine Davies takes inspiration from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and raises the curtain on the interconnecting lives and loves of an unforgettable cast of characters. By turns comic and moving, The Madness of Love is a deftly woven tale of mistaken identity, bold moves, and unrequited desires.

Valentina, a clerk in a London bookstore, is still reeling after her twin brother broke a childhood promise and ran off without her to exotic lands. When she cuts her hair, masquerades as a gardener to the melancholic Leo, and moves to the remote seaside town of Illerwick, she perplexes even herself.

Leo dreams of restoring his estate’s gardens to their former glory as a romantically naïve gesture toward the woman he’s loved all his life: Melody, an English teacher whose beauty bewitches many others. Melody rejects any attempt at capture; she is locked in a state of mourning over the suicide of her dear brother.”

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7 .) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Campus Guides
  • The Daily Beast
  • Bookish
  • Book Riot

“R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.

And then he meets a girl. “

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6 .) William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Huffington Post
  • Barnes & Noble
  • The Daily Beast

“Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations–William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.”

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5 .) Wise Children by Angela Carter

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Scottish Book Trust
  • The Daily Beast
  • Flavorwire
  • The Guardian

In their heyday on the vaudeville stages of the early twentieth century, Dora Chance and her twin sister, Nora―unacknowledged daughters of Sir Melchior Hazard, the greatest Shakespearean actor of his day―were known as the Lucky Chances, with private lives as colorful and erratic as their careers. But now, at age 75, Dora is typing up their life story, and it is a tale indeed that Angela Carter tells. A writer known for the richness of her imagination and wit as well as her feminist insights into matters large and small, she created in Wise Children an effervescent family saga that manages to celebrate the lore and magic of show business while also exploring the connections between parent and child, the transitory and the immortal, authenticity and falsehood.

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4 .) Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Campus Guides
  • Scottish Book Trust
  • EPL
  • Bookish
  • NYPL

Geena can’t wait to spend summer vacation at the Triple Shot Betty coffee shop with her best friend, Amber, and her cousin, Hero. But Amber and Hero hate each other on sight, and Geena’s dreams of a girl-bonding summer fly out the window – then vanish entirely when a few cute (okay, drop-dead gorgeous) guys enter the picture. All is not what it seems, though, and in a story of mistaken identities, summer high jinks, and just enough romance, Geena and her friends learn that when Bettys unite, they can take on the most powerful force in their world: a hot guy.

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3 .) The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • EPL
  • Huffington Post
  • NYPL
  • Wikipedia

“Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose remarkable gift for companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar’s lifelong friend and ally. Edgar seems poised to carry on his family’s traditions, but when catastrophe strikes, he finds his once-peaceful home engulfed in turmoil.

Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the Sawtelle farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who accompany him, until the day he is forced to choose between leaving forever or returning home to confront the mysteries he has left unsolved.”

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2 .) Fool by Christopher Moore

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Book Riot
  • Bookish
  • EPL
  • Flavorwire
  • Huffington Post
  • NYPL
  • The Daily Beast

Fool—the bawdy and outrageous New York Times bestseller from the unstoppable Christopher Moore—is a hilarious new take on William Shakespeare’s King Lear…as seen through the eyes of the foolish liege’s clownish jester, Pocket.

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1 .) A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Bookish
  • EPL
  • Huffington Post
  • NY Times
  • NYPL
  • Scottish Book Trust
  • The Daily Beast
  • The Guardian

This powerful twentieth-century reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear centers on a wealthy Iowa farmer who decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed emotions. Ambitiously conceived and stunningly written, A Thousand Acres takes on themes of truth, justice, love, and pride—and reveals the beautiful yet treacherous topography of humanity.

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The #22-180 Additional Shakespeare Influenced Books



 

#BooksAuthorLists
(Books Appear On 2 Lists Each)
23A Girl, a Ghost, and the Hollywood HillsLizabeth ZindelCampus Guides
NYPL
24Cakes and AleW. Somerset MaughamNo Sweat Shakespeare
The Guardian
25Exit Pursued By A BearE.K. JohnstonBook Riot
Bustle
26ExposureMal PeetScottish Book Trust
Bookish
27Full CirclePeter StraubNo Sweat Shakespeare
No Sweat Shakespeare
28Gertrude and ClaudiusJohn UpdikeBookish
NYPL
29IllyriaElizabeth HandCampus Guides
EPL
30Kill ShakespeareConor McCreeryBookish
Book Riot
31Lady Macbeth’s DaughterLisa Klein – William Shakespeare’s MacbethWikipedia
Barnes & Noble
32Lunar ParkBret Easton EllisScottish Book Trust
Flavorwire
33Me and Orson WellesRobert KaplowEPL
Flavorwire
34My Name is WillJess WinfieldNYPL
Flavorwire
35Prospero’s DaughterElizabeth NunezEPL
NYPL
36Romeo’s ExLisa FiedlerEPL
Barnes & Noble
37SerenissimaErica JongEPL
NYPL
38Shakespeare UndeadLori HandelandEPL
NYPL
39Shylock Is My NameHoward JacobsonNY Times
Shaksper
40Something Wicked This Way ComesRay BradburyNo Sweat Shakespeare
Shakespear Online
41The Daughter of TimeJosephine TeyHuffington Post
The Guardian
42The Fool’s GirlCelia ReesBustle
Bookish
43The Great NightChris AdrianHuffington Post
Bookish
44The Third WitchRebecca ReisertScottish Book Trust
Bookish
45The Tragedy of ArthurArthur PhillipsHuffington Post
Flavorwire
46The Winter of Our DiscontentJohn SteinbeckNo Sweat Shakespeare
Shakespear Online
47Twice-Told TalesCharles DickensNo Sweat Shakespeare
No Sweat Shakespeare
48Two Gentlemen of LebowskiAdam BertocciHuffington Post
Barnes & Noble
49Vinegar GirlAnne TylerBook Riot
Shaksper
(Books Appear On 1 List Each)
50A Father’s Curse and Other StoriesHonoré de BalzacNo Sweat Shakespeare
51A Midsummer Night’s SteampunkScott E. TarbetWikipedia
52A Midsummer TempestPoul AndersonBookish
53A Painted DevilRachel BillingtonNo Sweat Shakespeare
54A True NovelMinae MizumuraWikipedia
55A Wounded NameDot HutchinsonBook Riot
56Act of DarknessFrancis KingNo Sweat Shakespeare
57All That GlittersFrances Parkinson KeyesNo Sweat Shakespeare
58Ana of CaliforniaAndi TeranWikipedia
59Andy and the LionWikipedia
60ArielGrace TiffanyBookish
61Beauty and the BeastWikipedia
62Behold, Here’s PoisonGeorgette HeyerNo Sweat Shakespeare
63Bell, Book, and CandleJohn van DrutenShakespear Online
64Bid Time ReturnRichard MathesonNo Sweat Shakespeare
65Born with the DeadRobert Silverberg – the myth of Orpheus relocated to near-future ZanzibarWikipedia
66Brave New GirlFlavorwire
67Brazil (novel)John UpdikeWikipedia
68By the Pricking of My thumbsAgatha ChristieNo Sweat Shakespeare
69Can Such Things Be?Ambrose BierceNo Sweat Shakespeare
70Cold Comfort FarmStella GibbonsNo Sweat Shakespeare
71Dagger of the MindBob ShawNo Sweat Shakespeare
72Dating HamletLisa FiedlerBookish
73Death Comes to PemberleyP. D. JamesWikipedia
74Dorian, an ImitationWill Self – Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian GrayWikipedia
75Double, DoubleEllery QueenNo Sweat Shakespeare
76Dreamers Often LieJacqueline WestBustle
77Eligible (novel)Curtis SittenfeldWikipedia
78Emma (novel)Alexander McCall SmithWikipedia
79Eyes Like StarsLisa MantchevBustle
80Fairy Tales From The Brothers GrimmPhilip PullmanWikipedia
81Falling For HamletMichelle RayBarnes & Noble
82Fanny (novel)Erica JongWikipedia
83Foe (novel)J. M. CoetzeeWikipedia
84Fools of FortuneWilliam TrevorNo Sweat Shakespeare
85Four Tales Told by an IdiotTed HughesNo Sweat Shakespeare
86Gentle PeopleIrwin ShawNo Sweat Shakespeare
87Girl With a Pearl EarringChevalierNY Times
88Hag-SeedMargaret AtwoodShaksper
89I Am Hamlet (play)Steven BerkoffNo Sweat Shakespeare
90I, IagoNicole GallandBarnes & Noble
91Iago: A NovelDavid SnodinBarnes & Noble
92In Cold BloodTruman CapoteNo Sweat Shakespeare
93Infants of the SpringAnthony PowellNo Sweat Shakespeare
94Infinite JestDavid Foster WallaceNo Sweat Shakespeare
95Interred with Their BonesJennifer Lee CarrellNYPL
96It Was the NightingaleFord Madox FordNo Sweat Shakespeare
97Joseph Andrews (novel)Henry FieldingWikipedia
98Juliet’s NurseLois LeveenHuffington Post
99King of ShadowsSusan Cooper; John Clapp (Illustrator); Julie Dillon (Illustrator)Campus Guides
100Kings of Infinite SpaceNigel BalchinNo Sweat Shakespeare
101Kissing ShakespearePamela MingleCampus Guides
102Lady MacbethSusan Fraser KingNYPL
103Let It Come DownPaul BowlesNo Sweat Shakespeare
104Love in IdlenessAmanda CraigThe Guardian
105Mama DayGloria NaylorNYPL
106Manga Shakespeare: Much Ado About NothingRichard Appignanesi And Emma VieceliBustle
107Moby-DickHerman MelvilleThe Guardian
108Mortal CoilsAldous HuxleyNo Sweat Shakespeare
109Much Ado About MurderSimon HawkeNYPL
110New Heaven, New EarthJoyce Carol OatesNo Sweat Shakespeare
111New Voyage to the Country of the HouyhnhnmsMatthew HodgartWikipedia
112Night’s DaughterMarion Zimmer BradleyWikipedia
113No Wind of BlameGeorgette HeyerNo Sweat Shakespeare
114Not So Deep As a WellDorothy ParkerNo Sweat Shakespeare
115Not the GloryPierre BoulléNo Sweat Shakespeare
116Nothing Like the SunAnthony BurgessNo Sweat Shakespeare
117Oranges Are Not the Only FruitNY Times
118Pale FireVladimir NabokovNo Sweat Shakespeare
119Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesSeth Grahame-SmithWikipedia
120Prince of CatsRon WimberlyBook Riot
121Prospero LostL. Jagi LamplighterNYPL
122Remembrance of Things PastMarcel ProustNo Sweat Shakespeare
123Requiem of the Rose KingAya KannoBook Riot
124Ripeness Is AllEric LinklaterNo Sweat Shakespeare
125Romeo and Juliet and VampiresWilliam Shakespeare; Claudia GabelCampus Guides
126Sad CypressAgatha ChristieNo Sweat Shakespeare
127Salad DaysFrancoise SaganNo Sweat Shakespeare
128Saving HamletMolly BoothBustle
129Saving JulietSuzanne SelforsBustle
130Sense and Sensibility and Sea MonstersBen H. WintersWikipedia
131Seven AgesEva FigesNo Sweat Shakespeare
132Shylock’s DaughterErica JongNo Sweat Shakespeare
133SilverlockJohn Myers MyersBookish
134Sixes and SevensO. HenryNo Sweat Shakespeare
135Srsly HamletWilliam Shakespeare; Courtney CarboneCampus Guides
136Such Stuff As Screams Are Made OfRobert BlochNo Sweat Shakespeare
137Summer’s LeaseJohn MortimerNo Sweat Shakespeare
138Tales from ShakespeareMary LambBookish
139Tam LinPamela Dean – Tam Lin relocated to a college in early 1970s MinnesotaWikipedia
140Tempest-tostRobertson DaviesEPL
141TempestuousKim AskewBarnes & Noble
142The Black PrinceIris MurdochThe Guardian
143The Case of the Gilded LilyErle Stanley GardnerNo Sweat Shakespeare
144The Darling Buds of MayH. E. BatesNo Sweat Shakespeare
145The Gentleman PoetKathryn JohnsonNYPL
146The Glimpses of the MoonEdith WhartonNo Sweat Shakespeare
147The Gods ThemselvesIsaac AsimovNo Sweat Shakespeare
148The HistorianElizabeth KostovaWikipedia
149The Ides of MarchThornton WilderNo Sweat Shakespeare
150The Juliet ClubSuzanne HarperNYPL
151The Late Mr. ShakespeareRobert NyeNYPL
152The Lunatic, the Lover, and the PoetMyrlin HermesNYPL
153The Moon Is DownJohn SteinbeckNo Sweat Shakespeare
154The Mousetrap (play)Agatha ChristieNo Sweat Shakespeare
155The Name of ActionGraham GreeneNo Sweat Shakespeare
156The Quality of MercyFaye KellermanNo Sweat Shakespeare
157The Sandman, Vol. 3: Dream CountryFlavorwire
158The Sea and the MirrorW.H. AudenBookish
159The Seeds of TimeJohn WyndhamNo Sweat Shakespeare
160The Serpent of VeniceChristopher Moore (Sequel!)Barnes & Noble
161The Sotweed FactorJohn BarthWikipedia
162The Sound and the FuryWilliam FaulknerNo Sweat Shakespeare
163The Steep And Thorny WayCat WintersBustle
164The Talented Mr RipleyPatricia HighsmithThe Guardian
165The Taming of Lola, A Shrew StoryEllen WeissEPL
166The Taming Of The DrewStephanie Kate StrohmBustle
167The Two Gentlemen of LebowskiAdam PertocciBarnes & Noble
168The Undiscovered CountryAuther SchnitzerShakespear Online
169The Way to Dusty DeathAlistair MacLeanNo Sweat Shakespeare
170The Winds of HeavenMonica DickensNo Sweat Shakespeare
171Till We Have FacesC.S. LewisWikipedia
172Time Out of JointPhilip K. DickNo Sweat Shakespeare
173To Be or Not to BeRyan NorthBookish
174To the Manor BornPeter SpenceNo Sweat Shakespeare
175Ulysses (novel)James JoyceWikipedia
176Under the Greenwood TreeThomas HardyNo Sweat Shakespeare
177What Dreams May ComeRichard MathesonNo Sweat Shakespeare
178Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became ShakespeareStephen GreenblattNY Times
179Words of LovePearl S. BuckNo Sweat Shakespeare
180YOLO JulietWilliam Shakespeare; Brett WrightCampus Guides


17 Best Shakespeare Retelling Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Barnes & Noble 17 Contemporary Reads Inspired by William Shakespeare
Book Riot MODERN RETELLINGS OF SHAKESPEARE FOR EVERY READER
Bookish The Books We Wouldn’t Have Without Shakespeare
Bustle 13 Shakespeare-Inspired Young Adult Novels
Campus Guides YA novels based on Shakespeare
EPL EPL Picks – Books – Modern Books Inspired by Shakespeare
Flavorwire 10 Contemporary Novels Inspired by Shakespeare
Huffington Post 11 Books Inspired by Shakespeare
No Sweat Shakespeare Shakespeare Inspired Novel Titles
NY Times Novelists Reimagine and Update Shakespeare’s Plays
NYPL Fiction Based on Shakespeare: A Reading List
Scottish Book Trust Shakespeare Day: 8 Modern Novels Inspired by the Bard
Shakespear Online Shakespeare’s Influence on Other Artists
Shaksper New Novels Based on Shakespeare’s Plays
The Daily Beast Book Bag: 5 Novels Shakespeare Sort of Wrote
The Guardian Top 10 novels inspired by Shakespeare
Wikipedia List of modernized adaptations of old works