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William Trevor, KBE (born 24 May 1928) is an Irish author and playwright. Best known for his short stories, he has also written novels and radio plays, winning two Giles Cooper Awards, in 1980 for Beyond the Pale and in 1982 for Autumn Sunshine.


Born as William Trevor Cox in Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland to a middle-class Protestant family, he moved several times to other provincial towns as a result of his father's work as a bank official. He was educated at St. Columba's College, Dublin, and at Trinity College], Dublin, from which he received a degree in history. Trevor worked as a sculptor[1] under the name Trevor Cox[2] after his graduation from Trinity College, supplementing his income by teaching.

He married Jane Ryan in 1952 and emigrated to England two years later, working as a copywriter for an advertising agency. His first novel, A Standard of Behaviour, was published in 1958, but had little critical success. In 1964, at the age of 36, Trevor won the Hawthornden Prize for Literature for The Old Boys. The win encouraged Trevor to become a full-time writer. He and his family moved to Devon in England, where he has resided ever since. Despite having spent most of his life in England, he considers himself to be "Irish in every vein".

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  1. Homan Potterton, 'Suggestions of Concavity: William Trevor as Sculptor', Irish Arts Review, vol 18 (2002), pp.93-103.
  4. Drakakis, John. British Radio Drama Cambridge University Press 1981.

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