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The Tragedy of Arthur: A Novel

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Arthur Phillips Tale of the Undiscovered Play of William Shakespeare

The main character of The Tragedy of Arthur is a young man struggling with the legacy of a larger-than-life father, a con artist capable of working wonders of deception, but essentially unreliable. When Arthur's father, imprisoned for decades--and … see full wiki

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Great for Fans of Shakespeare!

  • Apr 8, 2011
This is an interesting take on the legend of Shakespeare. Arthur Phillips and his his twin sister Dana are influenced by their father. He was a master conman who ended in prison. He taught them both, especially Dana, all about Shakespeare and told them that he had been handed down a copy of an unpublished work called The Tragedy of Arthur. As you can never believe what their father said you can never know whether the book is genuine or an elaborate hoax.

Dana is infatuated by Shakespeare and even concocts an elaborate tale of who wrote his works based on some theorists that beliefs that somebody else, possibly more than one person wrote those great dramas. Arthur adores Dana and she becomes his most trusted confidante throughout life, while Arthur tries to find himself. He seems to go through life hoping for his father's approval and always comes away disappointed by his brief visits to see him in jail.

Arthur goes into writing and makes a life for himself in Europe. After a failed marriage he comes back and tries to make a new start of it. Throughout the book he narrates different acts from the Tragedy of Arthur and the last third of the book is the actual manuscript. For those that are Shakespeare buffs, they will probably rate this book higher and spend hours reading and dissecting the manuscript. I found the book to be a very interesting human interest tale and made me more interested in finding out more about Shakespeare's plays.

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April 09, 2011
I am a huge Shakespeare buff so I'm going to have to check this out. Thanks for the recommendation :)
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