William Trevor: Beyond the Pale (2975 words)


When Beyond the Pale and Other Stories was published in 1981, William Trevor was already well recognized both as a novelist and as a short story writer. He once said in an interview: “I’m a short-story writer, really, who happens to write novels.” (Stout 143), and it is above all the short story genre that over the years has given him the reputation of being among the very best. In William Trevor: A Study of His Fiction Schirmer claims that “Trevor’s work in this genre can hardly be overestimated” (7), and Ormsby-Lennon and Boerner argue in Fools of Fiction: Reading William Trevor’s Stories that his “true achievement is as a writer of short stories and …

Citation: Berg, Mari-Ann. "Beyond the Pale". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 November 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=10334, accessed 03 June 2020.]

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