Three Early Novels: The Old Boys, The Boarding-House, The Love Department

Three Early Novels: The Old Boys, The Boarding-House, The Love Department

by William Trevor
     
 

In William Trevor's first novel, The Old Boys, a group of septuagenarians' revive schoolboy conflicts in the election of the President of the Association. But now that they possess a fiercer understanding of the things in life that matter—power, revenge, hatred, love, and the failure of love—intrigue and deceit result. In his second novel, The…  See more details below

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In William Trevor's first novel, The Old Boys, a group of septuagenarians' revive schoolboy conflicts in the election of the President of the Association. But now that they possess a fiercer understanding of the things in life that matter—power, revenge, hatred, love, and the failure of love—intrigue and deceit result. In his second novel, The Boarding House, William Wagner Bird takes in boarders whom society would never miss. With these misfits, Trevor has created a world where people are identified by their quirks rather than by their character. In his third novel, The Love Department, Lady Delores cures the heartaches of the lonely wives of Wimbledon with inimitable flourish and finesse. When her newest protege, Edward Blakeston-Smith is sent on a mission to discover the secrets of seductive and scheming Septimus Tuam and stop him in his tracks—he learns about love and its friends and enemies.

In these early novels, one of the acclaimed masters of twentieth-century fiction created dark and compassionate characters that have become hallmarks of his extraordinary literary career.

"One of the very best writers of our era."—The Washington Post Book World

"Mr. Trevor's sheer intensity of entry into the lives of his people ... proceeds to uncover new layers of yearning and pain, new angles of vision and credible thought." —The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140284188
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Devon, England
Date of Birth:
May 24, 1928
Place of Birth:
Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland
Education:
Trinity College, Dublin, 1950

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