Author(s): Ian Doescher
Return to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's original Star Wars trilogy in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The Royal Box Set includes hardcover editions of William Shakespeare's Star Wars, William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back, and William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return. The Royal Box Set also includes a spectacular bonus feature: a specially commissioned, full-colour 360 mm x 80 mm paper tapestry depicting dozens of major and minor characters in the Shakespeare's Star Wars universe, shown together taking a curtain call at the Globe Theatre. From Luke and Leia to Yoda, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Jawas, Storm Troopers, and a slew of Ewoks, this dazzling poster will be an essential collectible for Star Wars fans of all ages.
"It's quite a feat to translate a modern masterwork like Star Wars into the most celebrated and enduring literary style known to humans... This trio is a delight whether [you] know Shakespeare, Star Wars, both, or neither."--Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight Praise from William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope ..".a quirky addition to the genre-busting canon..."--Entertainment Weekly ." . . a great gift for every geek you know, no matter what their passion." - Huffington Post ..".the book is so brilliant you'll wonder why someone didn't think of it sooner."--Paste Magazine "William Shakespeare's Star Wars is Exactly What You Need For Your Next Geeky Houseparty."--Tor.com "Nicolas Delort's woodcut-style illustrations are a fabulous mixture of old and new."--Boing Boing "At last, the mother of all mashups is upon us."--CNET.com "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 "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 ..".the ultimate fan fic."-- ABC News Radio "For anglophiles, scifi nerds, and probably 9th grade English students."--The Bookreporter ..".outstanding."--Geekdad "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 "Delightful."--PortlandMercury.com "Doescher's attempt to recreate a Shakespearean play is noteworthy and clever."--Blogcritics.org "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 "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 "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 .."another smart tribute fans will enjoy."--The Star-Ledger "As Shakespeare would say, you might think, this be madness, yet there is a method in 't."--Newsday ..".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 ..".charming..."--The Courier-Journal "Is it all a great, geeky, inter-galactic goblet of literary fun? Verily!" --AmericanProfile.com "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 "[William Shakespeare's Star Wars] is a a brilliant and super-cool way to meld pop culture and high culture"--Bella Online "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 TheForce.net "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 VirusPraise from William Shakespeare's Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back..".enormous fun..." --AVClub.com "Good luck getting to the end without rolling off your chairs. This book is a hoot."--McClatchy Tribune "So what are you waiting for? Get thee once more to a galaxy far, far away."--Paste Magazine ..".an inspired illustrated mashup that retells the space adventure in artful iambic pentameter and answers the question: What light through Yoda's window breaks?"--Tampa Bay Tribune "Classic literature blended with fun is the best way to describe William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back..."--San Gabriel Valley Tribune "Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, [William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back] offer[s] essential reading for all ages."--East Bay Express "'Tis a delight."--Palm Beach Post ..".masterful..."--Deseret News "This is a must for any fan of 'Star Wars'"--The Citizen Praise from William Shakespeare's Star Wars: The Jedi Doth Return"If you love 'Star Wars' and Shakespeare, this book is the pinnacle of perfection."--Yoda News ..".a masterful mashup of English lit and pop culture that's hilarious, dramatic and downright mesmerizing."--American Profile "For those who enjoyed Doescher's first two retellings, rejoice, for the merriment plays on."--The Free Lance-StarPraise from William Shakespeare's Star Wars: The Phantom of Menace"Enjoy this tale in iambic pentameter, for it has all the necessary aspects of any Shakespeare play - the betrayal, the hope, the tragedy...This book is necessary for any Star Wars fan's collection."--Geeks of Doom "William Shakespeare and "Star Wars" collide in the most delightful fashion."--McClatchy Tribune "Witty and stylish, The Phantom of Menace is neither campy nor silly, but a finely-crafted work of art."--Examiner.com Praise from William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge"The writing's quite good; elaborate Elizabethan woodcuts (Chewbacca the Wookie with a Hamlet-style medieval cap holding a Game-of-Thrones-style banner) are just icing on the cake"--The Wall Street Journal "Star Wars fans, Shakespeare fans and readers who delight in cleverness are sure to enjoy what Doescher has done with this popular story."--Deseret News
Ian Doescher is the author of the NYT bestseller WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S STAR WARS. He has a B.A. in Music from Yale, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Theology from Union Seminary. A theologically trained social media specialist, Ian currently works for a marketing agency in Portland. Nicolas 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 Dore 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.