Posted on December 16, 2021 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

George Orwell’s 1984 is back in the headlines (though has it left anytime recently?).

This time, though, it’s not because of comparisons between its contents and reality — it’s because the writer’s estate has authorized a retelling of it.

In Julia, author Sandra Newman reimagines the novel through the eyes of protagonist Winston Smith’s lover.

The Guardian reports that Orwell’s estate had been searching for someone to write Julia’s story and that Newman, who has been longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, “proved to be the perfect fit.”

Julia will come out after Newman’s original novel The Men is released; that book comes out June 2, 2022, in the UK and June 14, 2022, in the US.

Another classic novel isn’t being retold, but it is receiving a sequel.

Donald Yost’s new novel, Henry, picks up where Stephen Crane left off in The Red Badge of Courage.

Yost, a senior lecturer in English at Montgomery County Community College, could draw on two special sources to help him with the project.

One was his own experience as a combat infantryman and war correspondent in the Vietnam War; the other, a short story that Crane wrote starring Henry as a grandfather.

Yost shares more of his inspiration for writing Henry in a news release from the college where he works.

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