‘This week Random House announced a new publishing project to be called the Hogarth Shakespeare. The task involves commissioned versions of Shakespeare’s plays, to be written by contemporary writers. The novels are scheduled to launch in 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Fasten your seatbelts, O friends of Will.
As to the details of the Hogarth Shakespeare, the media have recirculated the same few pieces of information. The Random House press release assures us that these prose “retellings” will be written for “the modern reader” (as opposed to, I suppose, Victorian or postmodern readers).’