Arthur Phillips is the internationally bestselling author of "The Song Is You, " which was a "New York Times" Notable Book and named one of the best novels of the year by "The Washington Post; Angelica; The Egyptologist; "and "Prague," which was also a "New York Times "Notable Book and the winner of the" Los Angeles Times" Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. He lives in New York with his wife and two sons.
"[Balances] a moving story of familial and romantic love on a deliberately unsteady fictional edifice . . . [an] exuberant chimera of a novel."--"The New Yorker" "Splendidly devious.""--The New York Times Book Review" "Wily and witty . . . an engrossing family saga [with] sparkling and imaginative prose. Shakespeare would applaud a man who does him so proud."--"The Boston Globe" " " "Arthur Phillips has found the perfect vehicle for his cerebral talents: his ingenuity; his bright, elastic prose; and, most notably, his penchant for pastiche--for pouring his copious literary gifts into old vessels and reinventing familiar genres."--"The New York Times" " " "Devious and exhilarating . . . an irresistible family drama bundled into an exploration of fraud and authenticity."--"The Wall Street Journal" " " "A circus of a novel, full of wit, pathos and irrepressible intelligence."--Minneapolis "Star Tribune" "The story of a family that is Shakespearean in several senses . . . ["The Tragedy of Arthur"] contains literary echoes of Nabokov, Stoppard and even . . . Thomas Pynchon."--"San Francisco Chronicle" Praise for "Tragedy of Arthur" "Splendidly devious." NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, COVER REVIEW "[Phillips] best trick is to balance a moving story of familial and romantic love on a deliberately unsteady fictional edifice...[an] exuberant chimera of a novel. Boldly he includes the full five-act play itself, a virtuosic counterfeit." --THE NEW YORKER "Sparkling and imaginative.... Shakespeare would applaud a man who does him so proud. Readers, too, may well praise Phillips for crafting so wily and witty an excursion into the ties that bind fiction and life." - BOSTON GLOBE "His wildest and funniest yet, at once homage to Nabokov's Pale Fire, satire of literary hagiography in general and Shakespeare scholarship in particular, and a hilarious yet trenchant riff on memoirs." - NPR.org "Devious and exhilarating... such a wonderful con job." - Wall Street Journal "Wily and wonderful...a shape-shifting stunner... diabolically merry." Praise for Arthur Phillips "Ingenious . . . [Phillips] presents [his characters] with a wry generosity and a haunting poignancy to rival his wonderfully subversive wit."--"The New York Times, " on "Prague" "A wonder, a work of imaginative prowess . . . It's ambitious. It's inventive. It's challenging. . . . Phillips's approach is certainly literary, but he also knows how to craft a twisting, page-turning tale."--"San Francisco Chronicle, " on "The Egyptologist" "[A] masterpiece . . . seamlessly mixes psychological disintegration, the dissolution of a marriage and . . . a classic ghost story."--"USA Today, " on "Angelica" "Daring . . . [an] incandescent new novel . . . richly human, filled with unexpected grace . . . A burning urgency animates the tale."--"The Washington Post, " on "The Song Is You" "It's a tricky project, funny and brazen, smart and playful." -"Publisher's Weekly, starred review"