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Free Shakespeare Plays for Philosophers & Psychoanalysts

Looking for some holiday reading? Try the most psychoanalytic plays by William Shakespeare.

In Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine, authors Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster explored the philosophical and psychoanalytic themes in Shakespeare’s most classic play. We asked them for a list of the most psychoanalytic Shakespeare plays for your weekend reading pleasure.

The list, complete with free book links, follows below…

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‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars’ Book Trailer Released

Publisher Quirk Books has released a book trailer for William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, mixing Shakespearian actors with the most famous science fiction story of all time. We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

In the new book, Ian Doescher rewrote the movie in iambic pentameter. Earlier this year, we wrote about  worked with the digital storytelling app Tapestry to create an interactive version of the book. It is the debut by the Yale Divinity School graduate. Here’s more about the book:

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime 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. ‘Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

Random House To Publish Novel Retellings of Shakespeare Plays

Random House’s Hogarth fiction imprint will publish prose versions of William Shakespeare‘s plays, commissioning bestselling novelists to write The Hogarth Shakespeare.

The project will open with Anne Tyler rewriting  The Taming of the Shrew and Jeanette Winterson retelling The Winter’s Tale. The program will open in 2016, marking the 400th anniversary of the great author’s passing. Winterson had this comment in the release:

All of us have talismanic texts that we have carried around and that carry us around. I have worked with The Winter’s Tale in many disguises for many years. This is a brilliant opportunity to work with it in its own right. And I love cover versions.

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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Gets Unique App

Publisher Quirk Books worked with the digital storytelling app Tapestry to create an interactive version of the publisher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars book.

AppNewser has the scoop:

This is the first time that the user generated storytelling app has partnered with a publisher. As part of the partnership, Quirk Books is contributing 5 stories to Tapestry’s 2.0 relaunch including a William Shakespeare Star Wars mashup written by Ian Doescher. Reading on the Tapestry app is not like reading on your run-of-the-mill eReader apps. The app lets users both create and read stories. Readers are encouraged to take the time to take it all in, as it is designed for readers to move the story forward but as the website explains, ”There’s no going back, so take your time—that’s the whole point.”

How High School Reading Has Changed Since 1907

Renaissance Learning has released its fifth edition of the What Kids Are Reading report. Among the many topics covered in the free report, it compared high school reading across the last century.

Below, we’ve linked to free eBook copies of the most popular books in 1907, 1923 and 1964. The complete report noted “a decline over time in the complexity of required texts for high school students.” Follow this link for an infographic summary of the research. Here’s more from the report:

Although our analysis is restricted to the  period of 1907 to 2012, there is evidence that writing has become less complex over the last several hundred  years. Complexity is impacted in part by average sentence length; books with longer sentences tend to be more  difficult to comprehend than books with shorter sentences … it is worth noting that just because the books students are being assigned to read are less complex than in  prior years, this does not necessarily mean that they cannot read or comprehend books at higher levels, nor can  we assume that assigning more complex texts would necessarily lead to improvements in achievement.

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Joss Whedon: ‘What you cut out becomes part of the story you tell’

Last night, filmmaker Joss Whedon appeared in New York City to promote his upcoming film, Much Ado About Nothing. He answered questions, showed the trailer, and shared a clip from the film.

Whedon’s interest in adapting William Shakespeare‘s “mother of all romantic comedies” came from a lifelong admiration for the famed English playwright. In the past, he would often invite actors, writers, and loved ones to come to his house and act out the plays.

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Most Searched Authors & Books on Google

This month, William Shakespeare is the most searched for author on Google and The Bible is the most searched for book. Below, we’ve posted the top ten most searched for authors on Google.

Google has started automatically updating monthly charts for the top trending books and the top trending authors on the search engine.  TNW has more about the new tool:

Today, Google releases a new and improved version of the product with new charts, updated monthly, of the most-searched people, places and things in more than 40 categories with the ability to filter by 11 countries. PR companies and their customers now have another metric to be highly aware of. Everything from business people through to cars are ranked for the world to see. Each category goes back to 2004.

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William Shakespeare’s Birthday Flowchart

Goodreads has created a massive William Shakespeare flowchart to celebrate the famous author’s birthday today.

We’ve embedded the complete chart below–visit AppNewser to download free copies of all these plays.

If you want all these poems and plays in a single place, you can download a free copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. If you don’t feel like reading a whole play, try Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

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Hailee Steinfeld Stars in a New ‘Romeo & Juliet’ Film Adaptation

A new film adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, directed by filmmaker Carlo Carlei, will hit the UK on October 25, 2013. According to Indiewire, the movie currently does not have a US distributor.

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think? Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay. Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld portrays fair Juliet and LOL actor Douglas Booth plays Romeo.

The supporting cast includes Sideways actor Paul Giamatti as the gentle Friar Lawrence and Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick as the hot-tempered Tybalt.

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Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Slam on Kickstarter

Melinda Hall hopes to raise $1,500 for the 3rd Annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Slam. This event is scheduled to take place in New York City on April 23, 2013.

Above, we’ve embedded a video about the Kickstarter project–what do you think? Here’s more about the project:

We are back to produce Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Slam 2013 where 154 Readers of all ages will recite all 154 Sonnets on stage at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. The event is free to the public but there are producing costs involved to rent the equipment and videotape it for possible inclusion in the film project How Shakespeare Changed My Life.

Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

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