THE TRIPLE ECHO. London: Michael Joseph, [1970]. Octavo, line drawings in the text by Ron Clarke, original patterned boards, paper label affixed to spine panel, purple endpapers. First edition. A novella length tale of passion and crime in rural England during World War II, its wartime setting probably felt to be relevant at a time when the war in Vietnam was at its height. The author's stories appeared frequently in Edward J. O'Brien's annual anthology series, BEST BRITISH SHORT STORIES. The prolific Bates was primarily a writer of short stories and in this field he was highly regarded by David Garnett and Graham Greene, among others. His style has been traced to the influence of Conrad (and thus of Henry James) and Stephen Crane, but his subject matter is definitely British, concentrating on the lives and tragedies of rural workers, occasionally touching on the theme of madness. See Kunitz and Haycraft, Twentieth Century Authors, pp. 85-6. Reginald 00938. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#128174).

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