THE FOUR BEAUTIES. London: Michael Joseph, . Octavo, original purple boards, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Collects four novellas, one of which is set in the South Seas. 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 nearly fine dust jacket with mild rubbing to purple background ink and hint of dust soiling to rear panel. (#128193).
"First published / ... / 1968" on copyright page.