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Old July 4 2013, 03:30 PM   #2
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Re: William Shakespeare's Star Wars

The Wormhole wrote: View Post
Anyone have this yet and like to share their opinions?
While I won't have a copy to call my own until next week, a preview copy has been floating around the office for about a month and I've read some, but not all, of it.

I think it's okay. The play is a mash of authentic Shakespearean lines (with a Star Wars gloss of names and places) and cod early-modern English -- or, rather, what the general public thinks early-modern English was like. I think William Henry Ireland's two forged Shakespeare plays (Vortigern and Rowena and Henry II) felt more authentically Shakespeare than what I read of Verily, A New Hope.

The presentation of the book, on the other hand, is fantastic. The woodcut artwork to dramatize familiar scenes is very effective.

It's a neat novelty, and if this were performed at a Shakespeare Festival I'd be interested in seeing it.

And Star Trek fans will forever wonder what the text was like in its original Klingon.
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