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William Shakespeare's Star Wars

William Shakespeare's Star Wars 1

Verily, A New Hope

by Ian Doescher

Hardback Publication Date: 01/08/2013

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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' 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.

Contemporary fiction
Publication Date:
Quirk Books
Country of origin:
United States
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Ian Doescher

Ian Doescher the author of William Shakespeare's Star Wars®: Verily, a New Hope. He lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Verily, A New Hope

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    William Shakespeare meets Star Wars: One of the greatest stories to be told (in certain opinions) told in the style of one of the greatest storytellers to have lived. It's a match made in heaven!

    Of course, if you're a die-hard Shakespearean scholar you may not find the adaptation to your taste - it's not meant to be a real Shakespearean play, but a retelling of the Ep 4 script. Likewise, I'm sure there are some Star Wars fans out there who'd hate this take on their favourite story. Personally, I thought it was just delightful!

    Ian Doescher has done a wonderful job of bringing the script for Episode 4 not only into iambic pentameter, but in capturing so many of the character quirks that make the movie so enjoyable. In addition, he has included many nods to the Bard throughout the text ("What light through yonder flashing sensor breaks?"). Each character has asides to the audience and soliloquies to discuss their situation. There are even winks to the fandom here and there which had me chuckling.

    I was lucky enough to get my copy of this book for Christmas, and my family and I had a very enjoyable morning flicking through and quoting passages that caught our eye (it helps that my brother does a mean Darth Vader impression!). I'd pay good money to see this play on the stage. Someone get on that!

    If youre any kind of combination of Star Wars and/or Shakespeare fan, get yourself a copy of this book. Honestly, its just brilliant, light-hearted fun.