Book - Colonel Julian And Other Stories
Colonel Julian And Other Stories
Bates first new collection of stories since the war includes four stories set in Asia and two others dealing with the war and its effects. Five tales, including two in the Uncle Silas series, are set in the English countryside and one ("A Christmas Song") introduces the town of Evensford, the Rushden-like setting of Bates's 1952 novel Love for Lydia. Two stories ("The Park" and "The Little Farm") were written in 1941 and another ("Joe Johnson") was written in 1944; the remainder stem from 1945 on, with fully nine of the fifteen selections written between 1949 and 1951. Bates thought highly enough of the collection to include six of the fifteen tales in his 1963 collection of thirty-five "best" stories.