(Alexandra Alter’s article appeared in The New York Times, 10/7; via Cantonio Villa and Kaur.)

A year and a half ago, the novelist Jeanette Winterson got an irresistible offer from a publisher. The assignment: Choose any Shakespeare play she wanted, and adapt it into a novel.

“I said, ‘That would be great, put me down for “The Winter’s Tale,” ’ and they looked at me like I was insane,” Ms. Winterson recalled. “They said, ‘Do you really want to do that?’ And I said, ‘That’s the play, no question.’ ”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/books/novelists-reimagine-and-update-shakespeares-plays.html

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