20 Works of Artful Imitation

As the country obsesses over the source material of the speech Melina Trump delivered at the Republican National Convention, we readers can distract ourselves with works from contemporary authors who’ve paid homage to books past. To follow is a list of titles in which imitation isn’t only flattery—it’s art.


The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. KingBridget Jones Diary
(The Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
(Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig
(Hamlet by William Shakespeare)

The Gap of Time by Jeanette WintersonJane Steel
(The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare)

The Great Night by Chris Adrian
(A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare)

The Hours by Michael Cunningham
(Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf)

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
(Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte)Serpent of Venice

Love in Idleness by Amanda Craig
(A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare)

March by Geraldine Brooks
(Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)

Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin
(The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson)Thousand Acres

Mr. Timothy by Louis Bayard
(A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)

My Jim by Nancy Rawles
(The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain)

The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore
(The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare)Vinegar Girl

The Sixteenth of June by Maya Lang
(Ulysses by James Joyce)

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
(King Lear by William Shakespeare)

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
(The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare)

What Happened to Anna K. by Irina Reynwind done gone
(Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy)

Wicked by Gregory Maguire
(The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum)

The Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall
(Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell)



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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