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William Trevor (1928 - 2016)

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William Trevor (1928 - 2016)

William Trevor, the award-winning Irish novelist, playwright, and author of short stories, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, in England, according to multiple news sources. He was 88.

Trevor was a three-time winner of the Whitbread Prize (now known as the Costa Book Awards). He also was a five-time nominee for the Booker Prize, most recently for his 2009 novel “Love and Summer.”

Writers paid tribute to their colleague. John Banville, the author of “Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir” praised Trevor in The Irish Times as “one of the great short-story writers, at his best the equal of Chekhov and Babel. But we should also celebrate his novels, in particular ’Mrs. Eckdorf in O’Neill’s Hotel,’ an inexplicably neglected twentieth-century masterpiece. … His death is a heavy loss to Irish letters and to world literature.”


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Born William Trevor Cox May 24, 1928, in Mitchelstown in County Cork, Ireland, the author immigrated to England during the 1950s after receiving a history degree from Trinity College in Dublin.

After his 1958 novel, “A Standard of Behaviour,” failed to catch on, he followed it up with “The Old Boys, which won the Hawthornden Prize for Literature in 1964.

Trevor won the Whitbread Award in 1976 for “The Children of Dynmouth.”

Trevor received the Irish Literature Prize in 2001.

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