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The Tragedy of Arthur

(2011)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
The Tragedy of Arthur is an emotional and elaborately constructed tour de force from bestselling and critically acclaimed novelist Arthur Phillips, 'one of the best writers in America' (The Washington Post).

Its doomed hero is Arthur Phillips, a young man struggling with a larger-than-life father, a con artist who works wonders of deception but is a most unreliable parent. Arthur is raised in an enchanted world of smoke and mirrors where the only unshifting truth is his father's and his beloved twin sister's deep and abiding love for the works of William Shakespeare - a love so pervasive that Arthur becomes a writer in a misguided bid for their approval and affection.

Years later, Arthur's father, imprisoned for decades and nearing the end of his life, shares with Arthur a treasure he's kept secret for half a century: a previously unknown play by Shakespeare, titled The Tragedy of Arthur. But Arthur and his sister also inherit their father's mission: to see the play 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 King Arthur play in its five-act entirety - captures the very essence of romantic and familial love and betrayal. The Tragedy of Arthur explores the tension between storytelling and truth-telling, the thirst for originality in all our lives, and the act of literary mythmaking, both now and four centuries ago, as the two Arthurs - Arthur the novelist and Arthur the ancient king - play out their individual but strangely intertwined fates.

Genre: Literary Fiction
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Hardback Editions

September 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Tragedy of Arthur
Author(s): Arthur Phillips
ISBN: 0-7156-4137-9 / 978-0-7156-4137-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
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April 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Tragedy of Arthur: A Novel
Author(s): Arthur Phillips
ISBN: 1-4000-6647-6 / 978-1-4000-6647-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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July 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Tragedy of Arthur
Author(s): Arthur Phillips
ISBN: 0-7156-4366-5 / 978-0-7156-4366-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd.
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February 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Tragedy of Arthur: A Novel
Author(s): Arthur Phillips
ISBN: 0-8129-7792-0 / 978-0-8129-7792-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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May 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Tragedy of Arthur
Author(s): Arthur Phillips
Publisher: Recorded Books
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May 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Tragedy of Arthur
Author(s): Arthur Phillips
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January 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Tragedy of Arthur
Author(s): Arthur Phillips
ISBN: 1-4498-6491-0 / 978-1-4498-6491-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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September 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Tragedy of Arthur
Author(s): Arthur Phillips
Publisher: Duckworth Overlook
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April 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Tragedy of Arthur: A Novel
Author(s): Arthur Phillips
Publisher: Random House
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