The Tragedy of Arthur
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Arthur Phillips' fifth book, The Tragedy of Arthur, is his wildest and funniest yet, at once homage to Nabokov's Pale Fire, satire of literary hagiography in general and Shakespeare scholarship in particular. His concept is clever: A long-lost Shakespeare tragedy is reluctantly ushered into print by Arthur Phillips, the skeptical son of a convicted forger. Full of jousting and jesting, The Tragedy of Arthur is deliciously
The brilliant author of Prague (2003) satirizes literary hagiography in general and Shakespeare scholarship in particular in his hilarious, wonderfully clever fifth novel, which boasts more layers than a Patagonia clothing catalog. For The Tragedy of Arthur, Phillips has conjured a supposedly long-lost Shakespeare tragedy which is being reluctantly ushered into print by a novelist named Arthur Phillips — who is the skeptical son of a convicted forger.
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