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25th April 2008 at 01:00
Classical works of literature are being turned into comics in a bid to engage even the most reluctant readers

Classical works of literature are being turned into comics in a bid to engage even the most reluctant readers.

UK publisher Classical Comics has taken Shakespeare's Macbeth and Henry V and transformed them into graphic novels, aimed at pupils aged nine and over.

It is now adapting The Tempest, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, Great Expectations and other great works, many to be published next session.

Shakespeare's plays come in three versions: the full unabridged original text; plain English, with roughly the same word count as the original; and quick text, with the story in fewer, simpler words for a fast-paced read or for less able readers. The non-Shakespeare classics will be available in the original and quick text versions.

Free to download samples are available online, www.classicalcomics.com.

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