NOW SLEEPS THE CRIMSON PETAL AND OTHER STORIES. London: Michael Joseph, [1961]. Octavo, original red cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Collects a dozen short stories, generally in the dark vein for which he was noted. 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 very good dust jacket with some wear and short tears at edges and mild dust soiling to rear panel. (#128194).

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