Excursions in the Real World: Memoirsby William Trevor, Lucy Willis
A modern master of the short story brings his precise and compassionate observations to bear on his own life, in a book of recollections that is at once funny, poignant, and revealing. As William Trevor records his migration from the shabby-genteel precincts of Ireland's Protestant middle-class to the sleek vulgarity of London in the swinging sixties, from Cork and Dublin to New York and Isfahan, he yields luminous portraits of the people whose paths crossed his. There is the roaring schoolmaster with the passion for spelling bees; the glamorous emigre with a weakness for faithless poets. There are Trevor's parents, marooned in a marriage that grew more arid by the year. In Excursions in the Real World, Trevor turns memory into a fabulous balancing act between truthfulness and art.
"Book after book, story after novel after story, it's a wonder how anyone can manage every single time the impeccable crescendo, the perfect pitch, the devastating finale... Trevor is one of the great short-story writers of our time." —Alberto Manguel
"Probably the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language." —The New Yorker
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Meet the Author
William Trevor was born in Cork in 1928. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and has spent a great part of his life in Ireland. Since his first novel, The Old Boys, was awarded the Hawthorne Prize in 1964, he has received many honours for his work including the Royal Society of Literature Award, the allied Irish Banks Prize for Literature and the Whitbread Prize for fiction. He is a member of the Irish Academy of Letters and he has bee awarded an Honorary CBE. His most recent books are Two Lives and The Collected Stories of William Trevor.
Lucy Willis works principally in watercolour an etching and is one of the most versatile of contemporary British artists. Her growing reputation as a portraitist in oils was confirmed in 1992 when she won first prize in the BP National Portrait Gallery Award.
- Devon, England
- Date of Birth:
- May 24, 1928
- Place of Birth:
- Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland
- Trinity College, Dublin, 1950
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