Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Top 10 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:
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

"A fellow of infinite jest" is how Hamlet describes the dead court jester Yorick in the famous graveyard scene. Infinite Jest in Wallace's satirical, zillion-page novel is the name of a film produced by Poor Yorick Productions. The film eventually kills its viewers by entertaining them to death. Wallace, like Shakespeare, is always aware of the skull behind a jester's smile.
Read about another book Haig tagged at the Guardian.

Visit Matt Haig's website.

The Page 69 Test: The Dead Fathers Club.

My Book, The Movie: The Dead Fathers Club.

The Page 69 Test: The Labrador Pact.

The Page 69 Test: The Radleys.

Writers Read: Matt Haig (February 2011).

My Book, The Movie: The Radleys.

--Marshal Zeringue