Tag: William Trevor

  • Miss Smith by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    Miss Smith by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    “Miss Smith” is an early short story by Irish-English writer William Trevor. Find it in The Day We Got Drunk On Cake And Other Stories (1968) and also in Collected Stories.

  • A Complicated Nature by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    A Complicated Nature by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    “A Complicated Nature” is a short story by William Trevor, published in Angels At The Ritz And Other Stories (1975). Find it also in Collected Stories. A prim, starchy man who lives alone in his apartment faces a moral dilemma when the woman upstairs calls him, begging for a favour. She wants him to help […]

  • Mrs. Silly by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    Mrs. Silly by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    Can men write women? For a case study in “Yes!” read William Trevor. Today’s short story, Mrs Silly is told via the viewpoint character of an eight-year-old boy. Trevor never lets us into “Mrs Silly’s” head. Instead, he shows us the cauldron of misogyny

  • Taking Mr Ravenswood by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    Taking Mr Ravenswood by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    “Taking Mr Ravenswood” is a short story by Irish-English author William Trevor, included in Last Stories (2018) and previously unpublished. The author had already died by the time this story was released to the rest of us. This is an excellent example of the ambiguity lyrical short stories are known for. To get a sense…

  • How To Write Like William Trevor

    How To Write Like William Trevor

    William Trevor didn’t like giving interviews. Part of the reason: Interviewers would try to get him to break down his process. But he considered the entire thing a mystery; he could never explain how he wrote. He worried that if he got too “academic” in his approach, he’d no longer be able to write. (He…

  • Bravado by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    Bravado by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    If you think you’re too old to write about contemporary young characters, take your cue from Irish short story master William Trevor, who wrote “Bravado”, about young people and night-clubbing culture, at almost 80 years of age. Note that the story is not set when he himself was young, but in the mid noughties.