Contemporary Novels Inspired by Shakespeare

The Sandman, Vol. 3: Dream Countrygaiman1

Neil Gaiman’s intricate paen to Stratford-upon-Avon’s finest export is contained within Dream Country, an anthology of the acclaimed Sandman comic series. One of its most lauded chapters, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, exposes Shakespeare’s exceptional gifts as the rewards of a pact with the dream-master, Morpheus, and the titular drama receives its premiere. Played out in front of an audience of fantastical characters drawn from the text, Gaiman’s offering surreally merges narrative reality with metafiction.