Alice Munro

William Trevor explored the fictional possibilities of every type of person but himself

William Trevor explored the fictional possibilities of every type of person but himself

If you have been devotedly reading William Trevor over the past several decades, there’s a good chance you never learned much about William Trevor.  This is because Trevor, like many great writers, explored the fictional possibilities of almost every type of person but himself.  In 11 short-story collections published over 50 years, he depicted an almost unencompassable variety of all-too-human characters:  yearning Irish farmgirls, divorced dads, cheating spouses, love-shy middle-aged bachelors, bereft and dazed widowers, merciless Victorian-era butlers, alcoholic priests and foolish-love-lorn elderly professors. Yet he never wrote about anyone who remotely resembled...

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