Shakespeare's Dog

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Shakespeare's Dog
AuthorLeon Rooke
CountryDon Mills, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
PublisherStoddart Publishing
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover, paperback)
Preceded byThe Birth Control King of the Upper Volta 
Followed byA Bolt of White Cloth 

Shakespeare's Dog is a 1983 novel by Canadian writer Leon Rooke.[1] The novel tells the story of William Shakespeare's early career, including his aspirations to break through to popular success as a writer and his courtship and eventual marriage to Anne Hathaway, from the perspective of Hooker, Shakespeare's pet dog.[2]

The novel won the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction at the 1983 Governor General's Awards,[3] and was a shortlisted finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.[4]

A 20th-anniversary edition of the novel was reissued in 2003 by Dundurn Press.[5]

It was later adapted for the stage by playwright Rick Chafe, premiering at the National Arts Centre in conjunction with the Manitoba Theatre Centre in 2008.[6]


  1. ^ "Shakespeare's Dog". Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 1983.
  2. ^ "Trotting Around Stratford". The New York Times, May 29, 1983.
  3. ^ "CanLit fiction's leading award goes to the Dog". The Globe and Mail, June 21, 1984.
  4. ^ "Six finalists for Leacock Medal". The Globe and Mail, April 13, 1984.
  5. ^ "Writers revisiting classic works". Windsor Star, November 14, 2003.
  6. ^ "Shakespeare's Dog a furball of fun". Ottawa Citizen, March 22, 2008.