THE DAY OF THE TORTOISE. London: Michael Joseph, [1961]. Octavo, small illustrations in the text by Peter Farmer, original green boards, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. A poignant novella about a middle-aged bachelor who lives with his three elderly and crazy sisters and a horde of pets in a shabby Edwardian house, and a young girl from the local dairy who surreptitiously sleeps in the attic. 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. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#128180).

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