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Briefly, cruelly, Trevorly

Not quite Irish, not quite British; William Trevor has commanded transatlantic literary reverence for 30 years

By Ruth Padel   September 2002

Book: The Story of Lucy Gault Author: William Trevor Price: Viking

William Trevor’s eminence was established in Britain in 1977, by an honorary CBE for services to literature. A new generation was reminded in 1999 when he won the David Cohen Prize for lifetime achievement. In America, the same augustness is reflected by his regular presence in the New Yorker and on university syllabuses.

In his native Ireland, it is a little different. He is a member of the Irish Academy of Letters, but he left Ireland for England in 1953 and some critics there argue he is not an…

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