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Shakespeare's Sonnets, Retold

Shakespeare's Sonnets, Retold

Shakespeare's Sonnets, Retold

Shakespeare’s Sonnets are unimprovable.  But, to many, they remain frustratingly unintelligible.  And thus, sadly, the greatest collection of love poems ever written are seldom read.

To clarify their meaning and enhance the enjoyment for a broad modern audience, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Retold is a contemporary re-write of all 154 sonnets, interpreted line-for-line, and written in the traditional iambic pentameter and rhyming pattern of the Bard's eternal verses. 

The rich scope of the sonnets is brought to life for today’s audience in an easily understood poetic translation. The passion, heartbreak, deception, lewd acts, reconciliation and mortality of Shakespeare’s originals can now be understood by all, without the need to cross reference to an enjoyment-sapping study-guide.  By revealing the machinations of his heart, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Retold helps the reader understand much of who William Shakespeare really was.

Shakespeare's Sonnets, Retold will be published globally in November 2018 by two separate divisions of Penguin Random House.  


Sonnet 1, Retold (click to zoom)

UK & Commonwealth Edition

The UK and Commonwealth edition will be published by the WH Allen imprint of Ebury Publishing, one of the UK’s most celebrated non-fiction lists with bestsellers in almost every genre. Their eclectic authors include Richard Branson, Deepak Chopra, Patrick Barkley and the Dalai Lama.   

North American edition

The North American edition will be published by the Three Rivers Press imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a leading publisher of both fiction and non-fiction, whose celebrated authors include  Erik Larson, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Martha Stewart and Gillian Flynn. 

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