Getting an Arthur Phillips galley is always an experience. No staid, blurb-filled tearsheet for this author—there's always something a little out of the ordinary. In this case, it was a dossier of "Confidential" documents charting the provenance of a mysterious book that was either written by Shakespeare or . . . Arthur Phillips, who is a character is his own novel this time around.

Among the documents: a hilarious comparison of the two authors.

It's always fun when the publicity material conveys that little extra something about a novel's personality. The Tragedy of Arthur comes out on April 19—are you intrigued?

Related in BookPage: reviews of Arthur Phillips' previous books.

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