Books: The Human Usual

COLONEL JULIAN (240 pp.)—H. E. Bates —Little, Brown ($3).

Author H. E. (for Herbert Ernest) Bates, 48, is an Englishman who persists in writing short stories even though, as he sadly admits, British rates of pay are "pitiful." There are at least two reasons for Bates's persistence: 1) he writes some of the best short stories of any Englishman of his generation, and 2) whenever he turns out a novel, e.g., The Scarlet Sword, Fair Stood the Wind for France, the critics usually deplore them. In Colonel Julian, a collection of 15 stories about fairly ordinary men & women, Author Bates is...

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