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William Shakespeares Star Wars

A New Hope

Ian Doescher



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01 August 2013
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Science fiction; Parodies & spoofs; Other Film, TV & Media; Star Wars Merchandise; Star Wars Novels
May the verse be with you! Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language-and William Shakespeare-here is an officially licensed 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. Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter, William Shakespeare's Star Wars will astound and edify learners and masters alike. Zounds! This is the book you're looking for.
By:   Ian Doescher
Imprint:   QUIRK BOOKS
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 149mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   300g
ISBN:   9781594746376
ISBN 10:   1594746370
Series:   William Shakespeares Star Wars
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   01 August 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ian Doescher earned a B.A. in music from Yale University, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in theology from Union Seminary. He currently works for a marketing agency in Portland.

Reviews for William Shakespeares Star Wars: A New Hope

Ian Doescher has reimagined the entire first Star Wars film as an Elizabethan play, complete with iambic pentameter and elaborate illustrations. It's geekception. -- The Mary Sue .. .the book is so brilliant you'll wonder why someone didn't think of it sooner. -- Paste Magazine .. another smart tribute fans will enjoy. -- The Star-Ledger If you are looking for a neat way to get acquainted with Shakespeare or you are a teacher whose students are having a rough time accessing the genius of the Bard of Avon, I highly recommend you give William Shakespeare's Star Wars a try! -- GeekMom Is it all a great, geeky, inter-galactic goblet of literary fun? Verily! -- .. .a quirky addition to the genre-busting canon... --Entertainment Weekly .. .what Doescher made is delicious. --Charleston City Paper .. .brilliant... --Deseret News This is a great read. Author Ian Doescher may not have bested Shakespeare, but he's certainly one-upped Lucas. --Asbury Park Press As Shakespeare would say, you might think, this be madness, yet there is a method in 't. --Newsday .. .charming... --The Courier-Journal .. .the ultimate fan fic. -- ABC News Radio Doescher's pseudo-Shakespearean language is absolutely dead-on; this is one of the best-written Shakespeare parodies created for this audience and it is absolutely laugh-out-loud funny for those familiar with both The Bard and Star Wars. -- School Library Journal At last, the mother of all mashups is upon us. .. .outstanding. --Geekdad Nicolas Delort's woodcut-style illustrations are a fabulous mixture of old and new. -- Boing Boing Delightful. -- For anglophiles, scifi nerds, and probably 9th grade English students. -- The Bookreporter [ William Shakespeare's Star Wars ] is a a brilliant and super-cool way to meld pop culture and high culture --Bella Online William Shakespeare's Star Wars is Exactly What You Need For Your Next Geeky Houseparty. Doescher's attempt to recreate a Shakespearean play is noteworthy and clever. -- If there's one book perfect for any age, gender or planet of origin, this must be the book. -- Asbury Park Press The Bard at his finest, with all the depth of character, insightful soliloquies, and clever wordplay that we've come to expect from the Master. For those who wish to read the Star Wars legend in the original Elizabethan, this is the book for you. --Timothy Zahn, New York Times bestselling author of Scoundrels I'm delighted to have William Shakespeare's Star Wars, and have read it with great pleasure. What a fine idea, to set this in the world of Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 C-3PO and Darth Vader! A period of civil war, rebels, the Galactic Empire, the death star. A star-crossed galaxy! Ian Doescher does iambic pentameter well. This is a hoot! --David Bevington, Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, University of Chicago and co-editor of The Bantam Shakespeare series Well-read geeks have breathlessly waited For what Ian Doescher hath created This book's cover is the door To a Star Wars ne'er seen before --Daniel Wallace, New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters An elegant translation for a more civilized age. Let's face it--if you love Shakespeare or Star Wars half as much as I do, you've already bought this. --Adam Bertocci, author of Two Gentlemen of Lebowski, writer-director of Brooklyn Force and Run Leia Run, and moderator of Zounds, the Forsooth is strong in this one! Two of the most creative minds in the universe collide with spectacular, hilarious and surprisingly touching insight into the original classic. This truly is Star Wars as you like it. --Joe Schreiber, author of Star Wars: Death Troopers and Lenny Cyrus, School Virus Whether your tastes run to Alderaan or Avon, this reimagining of Star Wars overflows with heart and wit. --Jason Fry, author of Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare

  • Commended for Cybils (Speculative Fiction/YA) 2013

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