THE CRUISE OF THE BREADWINNER. London: Michael Joseph Ltd., . Octavo, original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in silver, pictorial endpapers. First edition. A single short story, about an encounter at sea during World War II with a German. 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. NCBEL IV 521. Spine a bit bumped, a bright, very good copy in good price-clipped pictorial dust jacket with some chipping and creasing at edges. (#128175).
"FIRST PUBLISHED 1946" on copyright page.