William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher

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The story is easy to follow, the characters are interesting (some more than the movies) and the illustrations range from very good to “just okay.”
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Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations--William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.
 

About Ian Doescher

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Ian Doescher has loved Shakespeare since eighth grade and was born 45 days after Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope was released. He has a B.A. in Music from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Ethics from Union Theological Seminary. Ian lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two sons. This is his first book.


















Author Residence: Portland, OregonNicolas Delort is a freelance illustrator based in Paris, France. Gathering inspiration in the daily and mundane as well as books and any kind of narrative medium, Delort has been compared to Gustav Doré and Franklin Booth for his "wonderfully textural" pen-and-ink drawings of scenes both fantastical and familiar. Delort's work has been featured on the cover of "Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane" from Solaris Books and in several galleries worldwide.Illustrator Residence: Paris, France
 
Published July 9, 2013 by Quirk Books. 176 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by ManoflaBook.com on Jun 27 2013

The story is easy to follow, the characters are interesting (some more than the movies) and the illustrations range from very good to “just okay.”

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Above average
Reviewed by Kevin McFarland on Jul 01 2013

..the significant drawbacks of this experiment don’t overpower the delight of its powerful moments. And honestly, this is really just a proof-of-concept to get to The Empire Strikes Back, which would work much better in this medium, as it has fewer impossible-to-stage sequences.

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Reviewed by Kevin McFarland on Jul 01 2013

The best part of this adaptation is that having the Star Wars cast of characters speak in verse illuminates the parallels to Campbell’s archetypes and Shakespeare’s most iconic dramatis personae.

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