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The Tempest: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) Paperback – August 28, 2012
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Known as 'The Bard of Avon', William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, around April of 1564. His father, John Shakespeare, was a successful local businessman and his mother, Mary Arden, was the daughter of a wealthy landowner. In 1582, eighteen-year-old William married an older woman named Anne Hathaway. Soon they had their first daughter, Susanna, who was followed by twins Hamnet and Judith. Sadly, Hamnet died at the age of eleven.
Translated into innumerable languages across the globe, Shakespeare's plays and sonnets are undoubtedly the most studied works of literature in the English language. He was just as adept at writing comedies as he was tragedies, histories, and poetry. On top of this, he was also an actor.
In 1599, he became one of the partners in the new Globe Theatre in London, and a part owner of his own theatre company called The Chamberlain's Men—a group of remarkable actors who were also business partners and close friends of Shakespeare. When Queen Elizabeth died in 1603 and was succeeded by her cousin King James of Scotland, The Chamberlain's Men was renamed The King's Men. Shakespeare died in 1616. Till date, his plays are performed all over the world and have been adapted into movies, comics, cartoons, operas, and musicals.
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When a sudden storm drives the King of Naples and the Duke of Milan and their followers near a mysterious island, the mighty magician Prospero grasps an opportunity to avenge an old wrong. The nature of that ancient wrong is revealed to Prospero's beautiful and now grown daughter Miranda, that her father was once himself Duke of Milan, but was betrayed by a usurping brother and a neighboring king. Prospero and his young daughter were exiled and left to die at sea.
Now Prospero finds all his old enemies under his control. Using his magical powers and those of the spirit Ariel, Prospero unleashes an ambitious agenda, to punish his enemies, to find a suitable husband for his daughter, and to escape the island. With the shipwrecked party scattered around the island, Prospero shifts his focus from task to task, using his magic to change people's hearts and minds.
"The Tempest" is a complicated drama, but this graphic novel delivers the story in an understandable and entertaining way, including the author's essential point that change and not revenge is Prospero's ultimate objective; recommended.