Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Top ten novels influenced by Shakespeare

Matt Haig is the author of the novels The Last Family in England, The Dead Fathers Club, The Possession of Mr Cave, and The Radleys, as well as numerous children's books.

In 2006 he named a top ten list of novels influenced by Shakespeare.  One title on the list:
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The title of Huxley's classic dystopian novel comes from Miranda's words in The Tempest, and the book is full of Shakespearean references. In the novel, John the Savage quotes endlessly from Shakespeare as he has read nothing else. The point seems to be that Shakespeare's vision of humanity, with all its complex and messy emotions, can't fit into any utopian society.
Read about the other books Haig tagged at the Guardian.

Visit Matt Haig's website.

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