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A Week in Literary History

May 16th, 2002

English novelist H.E. (Herbert Ernest) Bates (The Darling Buds of May, 1958) is born in Rushden, Northamptonshire, 1905.

H.E. Bates, b. May 16, 1905, d. 1974

bates.jpgHerbert Ernest Bates started publishing novels when he was only twenty and won fame in England with his books of the Second World War, but he achieved a wider readership after his death, when his five comic Larkin family novels, published in 1958, were made into a television series. The Larkins are wonderful, but Bates’ other novels, novellas and stories — sensitive and beautiful — are even better. “If we set H.E. Bates’ best tales against the best of Chekhov’s,” Grahame Greene wrote, “I do not believe it would be possible, with any conviction, to argue that the Russian was the finer artist.”

Suggested Reading Novels The Two Sisters, 1925. Fair Stood the Wind for France, 1944. The Purple Plain, 1947. The Jacaranda Tree, 1949. The Distant Horns of Summer, 1967. The Larkin Novels The Darling Buds of May, 1958. A Breath of French Air, 1959. When the Green Woods Laugh, 1960. Oh! To Be in England, 1963. A Little of What You Fancy, 1970. Novellas The Nature of Love, 1953. Stories A Month by the Lake & Other Stories, 1959. The Best of H.E. Bates, 1963. The Fabulous Mrs V, 1964. Memoirs The Vanished World, 1969. The Blossoming World, 1971. The World in Ripeness, 1972.

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