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Phillips, Arthur (Author) & Shakespeare, William (Attribution/As Re-Written By Arthur Phillips). THE TRAGEDY OF ARTHUR: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Random House, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 370 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fifth novel. Arthur Phillips' finest achievement thus far, it has been published to enormous critical and popular acclaim. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents Arthur Phillips' novel, which bids to be The Last Word on Post-Modernism by being (contemporary) ironic about (Shakespearean) irony. "A long-lost Shakespeare play surfaces in Phillips' wily novel, a sublime faux memoir framed as the long Introduction to the play's first printing, a Modern Library Edition, of course. Arthur Phillips and his twin sister, Dana, maintained an uncommon relationship with their gregarious father, a forger whose passion for The Bard and for creating magic in the everyday (he takes his kids to make crop circles one night) leave lasting impressions on them 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 quarto he claims to have purloined from a British estate. As the authentication process wears on - successfully - Arthur becomes convinced the play is his father's greatest scam. Then there's the play itself, which reads not unlike something written by the man from Stratford-upon-Avon" (Publishers Weekly). After all, doubts persist as to who William Shakespeare really was or if he even existed. Arthur Phillips' play written in the manner of Shakespeare is dazzling, a beautiful "copy" worthy of comparison with the original. A "must-have" title for Arthur Phillips (and also William Shakespeare) collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (in the day, month, and year of publication) in black pen on the title page by the author: "Arthur Phillips 4/19/11". This title is an instant collectible. This is the only such signed and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Art Seidenbaum Award for Best First Novel in 2002 for "Prague". One of the most brilliant living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ARTHUR PHILLIPS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1400066476. $70.00

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