The Tragedy of Arthur

By Arthur Phillips
(Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812977929, 382pp.)

Publication Date: February 21, 2012

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The Tragedy of Arthur is an emotional and elaborately constructed tour de force from “one of the best writers in America” (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, Arthur’s father reveals a treasure he’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 father’s mission: to see the manuscript published and acknowledged as the Bard’s last great gift to humanity . . . unless it’s their father’s last great con. By turns hilarious and haunting, this virtuosic novel, which includes Shakespeare’s (?) lost play in its entirety, brilliantly subverts our notions of truth, fiction, genius, and identity, as the two Arthurs—the novelist and the ancient king—play out their strangely intertwined fates.

A New York Times Notable Book • A New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite of the Year • A Wall Street Journal Best Novel of the Year • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year • A Chicago Tribune Favorite Book of the Year • A Library Journal Top Ten Book of the Year • A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year • One of Salon’s five best novels of the year

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About the Author
Exercise was not one of the things that were high on the list of things that Arthur Phillips liked to do. If anything, he would do anything to avoid going to the gym or even doing some basic stretches and low impact exercises in his own home. It took a near death experience to get him to realize that he must incorporate some form of exercise into his daily schedule. As he searched for a solution that he would not be too discouraged by and end up not using like a gym membership, he found some information on elliptical machines. He bought one and found that he was totally satisfied with what it could do and then decided to spend the time that he would have spent lounging on his couch to do more research and share the overall benefits of these machine with the world at large and also give advice on how to pick the best one.
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