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The Tempest: The Graphic Novel: Original Text

The Tempest: The Graphic Novel: Original Text

Although The Tempest was the first play to appear in the first official Folio printing of Shakespeare's plays, it was almost certainly the last play he wrote. This graphic novel features the unabridged play.

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ISBN 9781906332297
Published 1 September 2009 by Classical Comics
Format Paperback, British English ed
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Author(s) By Shakespeare, William
Illustrated by Haward, Jon
Illustrated by Erskine, Gary
Illustrated by Dobbyn, Nigel
Translated by McDonald, John N.
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ISBN-13 9781906332297
ISBN-10 1906332290
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Classical Comics
Imprint Classical Comics
Publication Date 1 September 2009
International Publication Date 31 August 2009
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, British English ed
Edition British English ed
Author(s) By Shakespeare, William
Illustrated by Haward, Jon
Illustrated by Erskine, Gary
Illustrated by Dobbyn, Nigel
Translated by McDonald, John N.
Category Shakespeare plays, texts
Fiction
Graphic Novels
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 168mm
Height: 246mm
Spine: 9mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Islands, Magicians, Fathers and daughters, Shakespeare, William, Graphic novels
NBS Text Graphic Novels: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 741.5
Catalogue Code 72893

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This is the unabridged play brought to life in full colour! Although The Tempest was the first play to appear in the first official Folio printing of Shakespeare's plays, it was almost certainly the last play he wrote. It held pride of place in that first collection, presumably because the editors thought it to be his masterpiece; a crowning glory to the career of the most brightest of playwrights. Needless to say, we had to select the very best artists to do it justice, and to bring you the stunning artwork that you've come to expect from our titles. Poignant to the last, this book is a classic amongst classics.

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Author's Bio

William Shakespeare is one of the most widely read authors and possibly the best dramatist ever to live. The actual date of his birth is not known, but traditionally April 23rd 1564 (St George's Day) has been his accepted birthday, as this was three days before his baptism. He died on the same date in 1616, aged fifty-two.The life of William Shakespeare can be divided into three acts. The first twenty years of his life were spent in Stratford-upon-Avon where he grew up, went to school, got married and became a father. The next twenty-five years he spent as an actor and playwright in London; and he spent his last few years back in Stratford-upon-Avon, where he enjoyed his retirement in moderate wealth gained from his successful years in the theatre.William was the eldest son of tradesman John Shakespeare and Mary Arden, and the third of eight children. His father was later elected mayor of Stratford, which was the highest post a man in civic politics could attain. In sixteenth-century England, William was lucky to survive into adulthood; syphilis, scurvy, smallpox, tuberculosis, typhus and dysentery shortened life expectancy at the time to approximately thirty-five years. The Bubonic Plague took the lives of many and was believed to have been the cause of death for three of William's seven siblings. Little is known of William's childhood, other than it is thought that he attended the local grammar school, where he studied Latin and English Literature. In 1582, at the age of eighteen, William married a local farmer's daughter, Anne Hathaway, who was eight years his senior and three months pregnant. During their marriage they had three children: Susanna, born on May 26th 1583 and twins, Hamnet and Judith, born on February 2nd 1585. Hamnet, William's only son, caught Bubonic Plague and died aged just eleven. Five years into his marriage William moved to London and appeared in many small parts at The Globe Theatre, then one of the biggest theatres in England. His first appearance in public as a poet was in 1593 with Venus and Adonis and again in the following year with The Rape of Lucrece . Six years later, in 1599, he became joint proprietor of The Globe Theatre.When Queen Elizabeth died in 1603, she was succeeded by her cousin King James of Scotland. King James supported Shakespeare and his band of actors and gave them license to call themselves The King's Men in return for entertaining the court. In just twenty-three years, between 1590 and 1613, William Shakespeare is attributed with writing thirty-eight plays, one-hundred-and-fifty-four sonnets and five poems. No original manuscript exists for any of his plays, so it is hard to accurately date them. However, from their contents and reports of the day it is believed that his first play was A The Taming of the ShrewA and that his last complete work was A Two Noble KinsmenA , written two years before he died. The cause of his death remains unknown.He was buried on April 25th 1616,two days after his death, at the Church of the Holy Trinity (the same Church where he had been baptised fifty-two years earlier). His gravestone bears these words, believed to have been written by William himself:- Good friend for Jesus sake forbear,To dig the dust enclosed here!Blest be the man that spares these stones,And curst be he that moves my bones At the time of his death, William had substantial properties, which he bestowed on his family and associates from the theatre. In his will he left his wife, the former Anne Hathaway, his second best bed!William Shakespeare's last direct descendant died in 1670. She was his granddaughter, Elizabeth.

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