Baltimore author Anne Tyler published "Vinegar Girl" Tuesday, a retelling of playwright William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew."
Baltimore author Anne Tyler published "Vinegar Girl" Tuesday, a retelling of playwright William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." (Penguin Random House / TNS)

Very few would consider the lauded works of English poet and playwright William Shakespeare in need of revision, but then again, they aren't Anne Tyler.

The Baltimorean and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, who hates Shakespeare according to a recent interview with The Washington Post, rewrote the work she loathed the most — "The Taming of the Shrew" — turning it into to the modern work "Vinegar Girl," published Tuesday.

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Shakespeare's original chaotic comedy, entailing courtship, marriage, and family, tells a tale of two sisters —a seemingly docile yet beautiful Bianca and her older, aggressive sister Katherine — and an ambitious father.

Tyler's "Vinegar Girl" is centered around preschool teaching assistant Kate Battista, the modern day Katherine, who is buried in the responsibility of running the household for her Johns Hopkins scientist father and her younger, prettier yet stuck-up sister, Bunny.

Suddenly, Kate is propositioned into helping her father's lab assistant obtain a visa and avoid deportation — through marriage.

Tyler's retelling, a part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, which enlists acclaimed novelists to reimagine and retell Shakespeare's works, joins several other works and adaptations, including 1948 Tony Award-winning Cole Porter musical "Kiss Me, Kate" and the 1999 Gil Junger-directed film "10 Things I Hate About You," starring actress Julia Stiles and the late actor Heath Ledger.

Tyler could not be reached for comment.

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