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The Tragedy of ArthurDuckworth are proud to present this first modern edition of The Tragedy of Arthur by William Shakespeare The long lost play surfaces in Phillips's new novel a sublime faux memoir framed as the introduction to the play's first printing Arthur and his twin sister Dana maintained an unusual relationship with their gregarious father a forger whose passion for the bard and for creating magic in the everyday he takes his children to make crop circles one night leave lasting impressions on t. The very first thing I did after finishing The Tragedy of Author Arthur Phillips's ingenious faux memoir was to Google to see what was true and what wasn'tonly to find that much of Phillips's traceable past has been erasedDid he really have a gay twin sister named Dana a scam artist father who spent his adult life in prison a Czech wife and twin sons of his own Methinks not What I do know is that Arthur Phillips shares his birthday with the Bard himself that he was born in Minnesota and that he is indeed a writer to be watched very carefully Because what he's accomplished in this novel er memoir is sheer geniusArthur Phillips the character is an unreliable narrator if there ever was one and points it out in various excerpts Right from the start when he says I have never much liked Shakespeare we feel a little off center The book is after all about the ultimate Shakespeare scam his neer do well father at the end of his life shares with Arthur a previously unknown play by Shakespeare titled The Tragedy of Arthur and entices him to use his Random House connections to get the play publishedTo say his connection with his father is complicated is an understatement Arthur Phillips memoirist reflects His life was now beyond my comprehension and much of my sympathy even if I had been a devoted visitor a loving son a concerned participant in his life I was none of those Now he wonders did his father perform the ultimate con If so how did he pull it off And how do the two Arthurs Arthur the ancient king portrayed in the lost play and Arthur the memoirist intertwine their fatesIt's a tricky project and Arthur Phillips the novelist is obviously having great fun with it At one point he urges readers to Go Google the van Meergeen VermeersRead James Frey's memoir nowWe blink and look around rubbing the fairy dust from our eyes wonder whether we might have dreamt it all Once you know it isn't Shakespeare none of it sounds like Shakespeare How could it But somehow it doesThe play is reproduced in its entirety in the second part and indeed it reads like Shakespeare I read all of his major plays in grad school and have seen many of them performed It's absolutely brazen that Arthur Phillips could have mimicked Shakespeare so successfully and with seeming authenticitySo in the end the theme comes down to identity As Phillips the memoirist writes So much of Shakespeare is about being at a loss for identity being lost somewhere without the self defining security of home and security lost in a shipwreck confused with a long lost twin stripped of familiar power taken for a thief taken for the opposite gender taken fora pauper believeing oneself an orphanAnd as Phillips the novelist knows it's also a trick for perspective The play the novel the memoir the scam can eually be said to be about a man born in Stratford in 1565 maybe on April 22 or 24 by the way or about an apocryphal boy king in Dark Ages England or about my father or his idea of me or my grandfather or Dana in armor or or or Just as Shakespeare may or may not have written his plays according to some anti Bards so might this new one be a fakery written by Arthur's fictional father There is layer steeped upon layer steeped upon layer in this book It's audacious and it's brilliant Arthur Phillips convincingly shows us just how easy it is to reinvent a play a history or ourselves with just a few sweeps of a pen

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FREE DOWNLOAD Ä The Tragedy of Arthur ´ Duckworth are proud to present this first modern edition of The Tragedy of Arthur by William Shakespeare The long lost play surfaces in Phillips's new novel a sublime faux memoir framed as the introduction to the play's first printing Arthur and his twin sister Dana maintained an unusual relationship witHem both Dana becomes a stage actress and amateur Shakespeare expert; Arthur a writer who 'never much liked Shakespeare' Their father spends most of their lives in prison but when he's about to be released as a frail old man he enlists Arthur in securing the publication of The Tragedy of Arthur from an original uarto he claims to have purloined from a an estate decades earlier though as the authentication process wears on successfully Arthur becomes convinced that the play is his fath. The Tragedy of Arthur is a title with a double meaning In one sense it refers to a lost Shakespearean play of that name and in the other it refers to the narrator of the tale someone who may or may not be the novelist Arthur Phillips Like the real Arthur Phillips the fictional Arthur Phillips grew up in Minnesota has lived in Prague has written a novel named after that city The fictional Arthur has a father was was a con man possessed of wild and grandiose schemes who spends much of his life in prison Fictional Arthur has a gifted twin sister who loves her father and Shakespeare in eual measure Phillips is apparently a novelist whose narrators are generally unreliable Having only read his Egyptologist I was unaware of this but the narrative structure is such that I am sure many readers have interrupted their reading of the novel to uietly google the author's biography I did and so far am none the wiser The lost play which ends up in fictional Arthur's hands is summarized and uoted throughout the novel; however not content with this feat of imagination the real Arthur Phillips has written and appended to the book a complete play called The Tragedy of Arthur Fictional Arthur's tempestuous relationship with his father is the leit motif here and much of that anger and frustration is also directed at Shakespeare At a rehearsal for Hamlet in which Arthur's sister is playing Ophelia he begins ranting on the cult of ShakespeareThat was perfect Shakespeare was the greatest creator of Rorschach tests in history That’s why we keep going back to him for the ten billionth production of this lame play Look look you have a weak spot where Will’s not thinking very clearly and the character rambles on and Will sticks in a joke that he likes about flowers that look like wieners It plainly doesn’t belong there Any editor would cut it It breaks the rhythm and the logic of the scene And your sweet old Gertrude noticed it and rightly points out the weak spot Anybody else we’d say ‘Whoops Not buying it Will’ If I wrote it they’d send me home to rework it Instead what do you all do You all talk it out until you make it make sense for him He wrote it so it must be right You six very intelligent people form a committee to offer him your help and when you’ve done the best you can consulting old books of other would be helpers when you actually come up with some very clever solutions you marvel at him for composing such a subtle momentA little later this leads to a extreme opinionA biographer asks 'What would my subject likely have done even if I have no record of it' This leads to that paranoid and extreme Shakespeare philicShakespeare phobic idea that there is nothing we can do or think that some actor from Warwickshire didn’t plan for us between 1589 and 1613The novelist in the novel also offers up some choice words on the whole publishing racket Here's one of my favorites a famously vicious and dismissive New York newspaper book reviewer—whom I made the career bashing mistake of kissing and feeling up at a party at Yale decades earlier and then never calling—faulted my last novel for 'a curious absence of empathy'This is a novel of great imagination that also displays a keen intellect in respect to Shakespeare Unreliable of not Phillips knows as Shakespeare taught us truths would be tales Where now half tales be truths

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Er's greatest scamAlong the way Arthur revisits his career and excruciatingly unpacks his relationship with Dana and his own romantic failings Then there is the play itself which reads very like something written by the man from Stratford upon Avon a feat of real life forgery brilliantly carried off 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. When I’ve described this novel to friends it’s always sounded interesting That’s strange because I actually struggled to finish it and only did so out of a sense of duty and respect to the person who enthusiastically bestowed it on me It’s another in that line of novels that masuerades as a memoir of the protagonist who shares the same name as the author Arthur Phillips The memoirist Arthur Philips has a twin sister Dana whom he claims to love above all others despite the fact that he can easily justify his profound betrayals of her Their father is a con artistforger who spends most of his life in jail When he’s not in jail he lavishes his affection Dana and instills in her his own adoration of William Shakespeare Arthur is left out of this shared interest as well his father’s love he thinks and in turn develops a profound disdain for the Bard That’s all I’m going to tell you because you might actually want to read this New York Times Notable Book and I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you But I can’t help mentioning that the long lost now newly discovered play The Tragedy of Arthur by William Shakespeare is published herein and is certifiably crappy