101 Novel Titles Taken From Shakespeare’s Works

Novelists have made frequent use of phrases from Shakespeare’s plays and poems during the past two centuries. That has also been the case with biographers, playwrights, and philosophers. Shakespeare has been a golden treasury of titles for writers.

Casting an eye down the list one is struck by the richness and power of the language and is no wonder that novelists have drawn on Shakespeare for their very striking titles, many of which resonate with readers before they even open the book.

There are literally thousands of such titles. Here are our favourite 101 play and novel titles taken from Shakespeare’s works, ordered by play:

Antony and Cleopatra

Seven Ages

by Eva Figes

New Heaven, New Earth

by Joyce Carol Oates

Salad Days

by Francoise Sagan

As You Like It

Under the Greenwood Tree

by Thomas Hardy


Infinite Jest

by David Foster Wallace

I Am Hamlet (play)

by Steven Berkoff

Time Out of Joint

by Philip K. Dick

Kings of Infinite Space

by Nigel Balchin

What Dreams May Come

by Richard Matheson

The Glimpses of the Moon

by Edith Wharton

To the Manor Born

by Peter Spence

The Winds of Heaven

by Monica Dickens

Infants of the Spring

by Anthony Powell

The Gods Themselves

by Isaac Asimov

Mortal Coils

by Aldous Huxley

The Name of Action

by Graham Greene

No Wind of Blame

by Georgette Heyer

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead  (play)

by Tom Stoppard

The Mousetrap (play)

by Agatha Christie

Infinite Jest

by David Foster Wallace

Julius Caesar

The Dogs of War

by Frederick Forsyth

The Ides of March

by Thornton Wilder

King John

The Case of the Gilded Lily

by Erle Stanley Gardner:

Cold Comfort Farm

by Stella Gibbons

Twice-Told Tales

by Charles Dickens

Twice-Told Tales

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

King Lear

Act of Darkness

by Francis King

Ripeness Is All

by Eric Linklater:

The Gods Themselves

by Isaac Asimov

Words of Love

by Pearl S. Buck

A Father’s Curse and Other Stories

by Honoré de Balzac

Full Circle

by Peter Straub

Full Circle

by Danielle Steel


Let It Come Down

by Paul Bowles

Double, Double

by Ellery Queen

Four Tales Told by an Idiot

by Ted Hughes

The Sound and the Fury

by William Faulkner

Wyrd Sisters

by Terry Pratchett

The Seeds of Time

by John Wyndham

The Way to Dusty Death

by Alistair MacLean

By the Pricking of My Thumbs

Agatha Christie:

Something Wicked This Way Comes

by Ray Bradbury

The Moon Is Down

by John Steinbeck

Dagger of the Mind

by Bob Shaw

A Painted Devil

by Rachel Billington

Can Such Things Be?

by Ambrose Bierce

The Merchant of Venice

The Quality of Mercy

by Faye Kellerman

All That Glitters

by Frances Parkinson Keyes

Shylock’s Daughter: A Novel of Love in Venice

by Erica Jong

A Pound of Flesh

by Thane Rosenbaum

Villain with a Smiling Cheek

by Paul Murray

Much Ado About Nothing

Kill Claudio

by P.M. Hubbard


Pzssing Strange

by Catherine Aird

Mortal engines

by Philip Reeve

Nothing if Not Critical

by Robert Hughes


Behold, Here’s Poison

by Georgette Heyer

Richard II

Sixes and Sevens

by O. Henry

Bid Time Return

by Richard Matheson

This Blessed Plot

by Hugo Young

Richard III

Not So Deep As a Well

by Dorothy Parker

The Winter of Our Discontent

by John Steinbeck

Where Eagles Dare

by Alistair MaLean

Who Are the Violets Now?

by Auberon Waugh

Romeo and Juliet

It Was the Nightingale

by Ford Madox Ford

What’s in a Name?

by Isaac Asimov

Deny Thy Father

by Jeff Mariotte

Inconstant Moon

by Larry Niven

The Tempest

Such Stuff As Screams Are Made Of

by Robert Bloch

Brave New World

by Aldous Huxley

Sea Change

by Robert B Parker

Something Rich and Strange

by Patrick McMillup

This Rough Magic

by Mary Stewart

Timon of Athens

Pale Fire

by Vladimir Nabokov

In Cold Blood

by Truman Capote

Fools of Fortune

by William Trevor

Titus Andronicus

Gentle People

by Irwin Shaw

Alms for Oblivion

by Simon Raven

Troilus and Cressida

The Gods Themselves

by Isaac Asimov

Not the Glory

by Pierre Boullé

Twelfth Night

Cakes and Ale

by W. Somerset Maugham

Sad Cypress

by Agatha Christie

To Play the Fool

by Laurie R King

Shakespeare’s Sonnets

The Darling Buds of May

by H. E. Bates

Summer’s Lease

by John Mortimer

Nothing Like the Sun

by Anthony Burgess

Remembrance of Things Past

by Marcel Proust

The Pebbled Shore

by Elizabeth Longford

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang

by Kate Wilhelm

Absent in the Spring

by Agatha Christie

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That completes our list of Shakespeare inspired novel titles. Do you know of any others? Please do join in and let us know in the comments section below!

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