In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002 file photo, William Trevor holds a copy of his book "The Story of Lucy Gault" during a photocall for the Booker Prize nominees in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
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Irish novelist and playwright William Trevor, a master of short stories that often explored life's disappointments, has died at the age of 88 in his adopted English home, his publisher announced Monday.Trevor set his tales mainly in his native Ireland or in England, where he had lived since graduating from Trinity College Dublin in 1952 . He won one of Britain's top literary prizes, the Whitbread, three times; was short-listed four times for the Booker Prize, most recently in 2002 for "The Story of Lucy Gault;" and was a perennial object of speculation as a potential Nobel literature laureate.Graham Greene praised Trevor's 1973 collection "Angels at the Ritz" as the best set of short stories since "Dubliners," James Joyce's 1914 collection. While preferring the short story form, Trevor also was a novelist, playwright and TV dramatist.He told The Guardian newspaper in 2009 that he considered short stories the best vehicle for studying character.Ireland's depressed economy drove Trevor to move to England in 1952, where initially he taught art and produced sculptures.Trevor flourished in the theater and television, and in 1973 he had three plays staged in London.
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