THE NATURE OF LOVE: THREE SHORT NOVELS. London: Michael Joseph, . Octavo, original blue cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. 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. Cloth lightly rubbed at lower spine end, a nearly fine copy in good price-clipped dust jacket with some soiling and staining to rear panel and minor chipping at upper spine end. (#128192).
"First published / ... / 1953" on copyright page.