CUT AND COME AGAIN: FOURTEEN STORIES. London: Jonathan Cape, . Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5 [6-10] 11-285 [286-288: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank] + 8-page undated publisher's catalogue inserted at rear, original oatmeal and blue patterned cloth, front and spine panels stamped in blue, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. Dedicated to Edward J. O'Brien, in whose annual anthology series, BEST BRITISH SHORT STORIES, the author's stories frequently appeared. 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 520. Some darkening to spine panel, a few tiny stains on front panel, traces of removal of library bookplate from rear paste-down (no other ex-library signs), a solid, good copy. (#128184).
"FIRST PUBLISHED 1935" on copyright page.