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William Trevor: The Collected Stories


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This collection includes tales from the award-winning author's seven previous books of short stories, as well as four that have never appeared in paperback form in America. Startling, funny, compassionate, and profound, Trevor's stories engage and provoke as only the best fiction can.


"With the publication of this grand volume of stories—five complete collections, two of which are appearing in print for the first time in this country—Trevor, a native Irishman now living in England, ought finally to receive here the attention disgracefully overdue him. These stories prove Trevor to be one of the most distinguished and prolific prose writers currently writing in English. An awareness of the past permeates his work, particularly his later stories. That his characters' struggles often reflect Ireland's troubled history never distracts from but rather deepens those characters and their ordeals. Nearly 800 pages of important short fiction, this volume is a rare prize." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

About the Author

William Trevor is the author of twenty-nine books, including Felicia’s Journey, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and was made into a motion picture. In 1996 he was the recipient of the Lannan Award for Fiction. In 2001, he won the Irish Times Literature Prize for fiction. Two of his books were chosen by The New York Times as best books of the year, and his short stories appear regularly in the New Yorker. In 1997, he was named Honorary Commander of the British Empire. He lives in Devon, England.

Table of Contents

A Meeting in Middle Age

Access to the Children

The General's Day

Memories of Youghal

The Table

A School Story

The Penthouse Apartment

In at the Birth

The Introspections of J. P. Powers

The Day We Got Drunk on Cake

Miss Smith

The Hotel of the Idle Moon

Nice Day at School

The Original Sins of Edward Tripp

The Forty-seventh Saturday

The Ballroom of Romance

A Happy Family

The Grass Widows

The Mark-2 Wife

An Evening with John Joe Dempsey


Going Home

A Choice of Butchers

O Fat White Woman

Raymond Bamber and Mrs. Fitch

The Distant Past

In Isfahan

Angels at the Ritz

The Death of Peggy Meehan

Mrs. Silly

A Complicated Nature

Teresa's Wedding

Office Romances

Mr. McNamara

Afternoon Dancing

Last Wishes

Mrs. Acland's Ghosts

Another Christmas

Broken Homes

Matilda's England: 1. The Tennis Court; 2. The Summer-house; 3. The Drawing-room


Death in Jerusalem

Lovers of Their Time

The Raising of Elvira Tremlett

Flights of Fancy


A Dream of Butterflies

The Bedroom Eyes of Mrs. Vansittart

Downstairs at Fitzgerald's

Mulvihill's Memorial

Beyond the Pale

The Blue Dress

The Teddy-bears' Picnic

The Time of Year

Being Stolen From

Mr Tennyson

Autumn Sunshine

Sunday Drinks

The Paradise Lounge


The News from Ireland

On the Zattere

The Wedding in the Garden

Lunch in Winter

The Property of Colette Nervi

Running Away

Cocktails at Doney's

Her Mother's Daughter

Bodily Secrets

Two More Gallants

The Smoke Trees of San Pietro



Events at Drimaghleen

Family Sins

A Trinity

The Third Party

Honeymoon in Tramore

The Printmaker

In Love with Ariadne

A Husband's Return

Coffee with Oliver

August Saturday

Children of the Headmaster

Kathleen's Field


Product Details

Trevor, William
Penguin Books
New York :
Short Stories (single author)
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Paperback / softback
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Grade Level:
from 12
8.56x6.88x2.05 in. 3.03 lbs.
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