The titles in the "Graphic Shakespeare" series are an ideal introduction to Shakespeare's plays, but can equally be used as revision aids. The main characters and key events are brought to life in the simplified story and dramatic pictures, and the short extracts from the original play focus on key speeches in Shakespeare's language. Every title is set out into acts in the same way as the original play, although the story is told in narrative text with only key speeches remaining in the original form. A portrait gallery of key characters provides an easy reference.
Hilary Burningham was a teacher for many years before moving into writing. Her aim is to bring Shakespeare alive for those who may find tackling a whole play in the original version a daunting task. She is fervently anti the dumbing down of literature and manages to keep the spirit of the original text in all the Graphic Shakespeare books.