Contemporary Novels Inspired by Shakespeare

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Controversial scribe Bret Easton Ellis shuffles autobiographic fact and wildly skewed fiction in 2005′s Lunar Park, which explicitly nods towards Hamlet, also alluding to the anarchic engulfment of The Tempest. The tale’s eponymous protagonist (who lives on “Elsinore Lane”) poignantly reflects on the death of his father and discusses his meteoric rise to success within the literati. Much like the magical dabbling of Shakespeare’s Prospero, the power (or, here, imagination) of the author-god begins to malevolently permeate his world, as a copycat killer begins to reenact the yuppie slayings of perhaps his most famous work, American Psycho.