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This is late, and not the longest, but the Dune novels span 51 years, from 1965 to 2016.


To pick a narrow and specific interpretation of your question that doesn't devolve into a list of historic "derived works" like Milton's Paradise Lost retelling Biblical stories, or any of the hundreds of King Arthur or Robin Hood retellings, I'll focus on works that explicitly reject an aspect of the original work and seek to redress its ...


This paper by Andrew J. Power gives a fairly comprehensive use of trapdoors in the Shakespearean era. It's worth noting that the trap would be used any time there is a need for a depression in the stage, so it was almost certainly used for, e.g., the graveyard scene in Hamlet V.i which was big enough to hold the two actors playing the gravediggers.

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