William Trevor on V. S. Pritchett's daring

William Trevor, himself an acclaimed writer of short stories, has written a new introduction for our edition of V. S. Pritchett's short stories: The Camberwell Beauty and other Stories. In the February edition of The New Statesman, Trevor's introduction has been reprinted, along with a full page illustration from our edition by Clifford Harper. It also appears here, in the magazine's online edition.

V. S. Pritchett was one of the greatest short story writers of all time - each story is filled with a melancholy beauty that depends as much on what is left out as what is included. Trevor describes each story as 'delicately mined, further to enhance a lifetime's exploration of the human condition.'

It's very pleasing to see the excellent quality of our introductions being recognised and read more widely. A good introduction provides context, but more, our editors look for someone who can give a flavour of their own passion and knowledge. No-one could be better suited to the task than William Trevor who was so heavily involved in the creation of this edition, personally selecting the stories which he felt were the best. His appreciation for Pritchett is that of a fellow-craftsman, and it makes his insights all the more valuable.

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