The Tragedy of Arthur is an emotional and elaborately constructed tour de force from â€œone of the best writers in Americaâ€ (The Washington Post). Its doomed hero is Arthur Phillips, a young novelist struggling with a con artist father who works wonders of deception. Imprisoned for decades and nearing the end of his life, Arthurâ€™s father reveals a treasure heâ€™s kept secret for half a century: The Tragedy of Arthur, a previously unknown play by William Shakespeare. Arthur and his twin sister inherit their fatherâ€™s mission: to see the manuscript published and acknowledged as the Bardâ€™s last great gift to humanity . . . unless itâ€™s their fatherâ€™s last great con. By turns hilarious and haunting, this virtuosic novel, which includes Shakespeareâ€™s (?) lost play in its entirety, brilliantly subverts our notions of truth, fiction, genius, and identity, as the two Arthursâ€”the novelist and the ancient kingâ€”play out their strangely intertwined fates. A New York Times Notable Book â€¢ A New Yorker Reviewersâ€™ Favorite of the Year â€¢ A Wall Street Journal Best Novel of the Year â€¢ A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year â€¢ A Chicago Tribune Favorite Book of the Year â€¢ A Library Journal Top Ten Book of the Year â€¢ A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year â€¢ One of Salonâ€™s five best novels of the year Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more.
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