Forsooth, a gimmick! William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is coming

Last night, Knights Archive spotted a new listing on Random House’s online catalog: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by by Ian Doescher. It even has a summary:

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.

I find myself hoping the ‘mystery novel’ is something less gimmicky (does this even count as a novel?) but this does fit one basic parameter – we didn’t have a clue it was coming.

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will be released as a trade paperback in August.

7 Replies to “Forsooth, a gimmick! William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is coming”

  1. Can’t wait to see Artoo’s beeps and blats in iambic pentameter.

    But i’m sure every high school english teacher in america will buy one.

  2. After tonight let Tarkin seat him sure, for we will shake him, or worse days endure…

  3. I actually hope R2 and 3PO *aren’t* in iambic pentameter. They’re the low characters of the saga, and Shakespeare tended to write their dialogue in prose.

    I … I think I’m taking both this book and James’s comment too seriously. Time to find my copy of The Glove of Darth Vader.

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