Shakespeare's Hamlet

ISBN-10: 0470097574
ISBN-13: 9780470097571
Edition: 2008
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Description: Hamlet: The Manga Edition will be a hit with both manga readers and Shakespeare fans. A four-page essay at the beginning ties Shakespeare and manga together; the rest of the book is taken up with the manga play itself. So, there will be strong  More...

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Book details

List price: $9.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 1/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.352
Language: English

Hamlet: The Manga Edition will be a hit with both manga readers and Shakespeare fans. A four-page essay at the beginning ties Shakespeare and manga together; the rest of the book is taken up with the manga play itself. So, there will be strong carryover between those people who are manga readers and those teachers/students who want a new and unique way to read the plays. Unlike any other attempt to marry manga and Shakespeare, our Shakespeare manga is true to the original context of the play--we don't place Hamlet in a setting/time that's not relevant to Shakespeare's original and intended time/setting. Hamlet: The Manga Edition is "truer" to the original play.

Adam Sexton teaches writing at the New School and New York University. He has also written on arts and entertainment for the" New York Times", the "Village Voice", and the "Boston Phoenix".

TINTIN PANTOJA is a graphic artist dividing her time between Indonesia and Manila. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2006, having arrived in New York; her first time in America a month before the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. She is now working on several illustrated projects. Tintin's work can be viewed on her Web site: tintinpantoja.com.

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

Suiting the Action to the Word: Shakespeare and Manga
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