THE ENCHANTRESS And Other Stories by H. E. Bates
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A new collection confirms what many believe- that H. E. Bates is on firmest literary ground in the medium of the short story, and that he also achieves a lyrical distinction few can equal when he is closest to the soil of his native Northampton-shire. Here in the untouched villages of the rural England of his childhood, that a golden sense of the past comes through in such stories here as The Daughters of the Village, The Place Where Shady Lay (a fine, figure of a man ""with big curly moustaches, like a pair o' bull's horns"" who comes to a derelict's end in a hovel in a rick-yard) and Thelma (the maid in a village inn, easing the loneliness of the travelers who pass through in her attempt to recapture a first experience). Again, with loving touches for lives of quiet failure- there's the Colonel in Where The Cloud Breaks, the young girl of Lost Ball, the middle-aged man searching for freer vistas at his mother's death in The Snow Line....While not for the big market, there should be a continuing audience for this writer's work which is to be read for its fine craftsmanship and the pleasure of its prose.

Pub Date: Oct. 10th, 1961
Publisher: Little, Brown-A.M.P.