Bates, H. E. (Herbert Ernest Bates), 1905–74, English author, b. Rushden, Northamptonshire. During World War II he served with the Royal Air Force. A good storyteller, Bates had the ability to render the sense of a particular place and time and was noted for his descriptions of the English countryside. Among his many novels are Fair Stood the Wind for France (1944), The Jacaranda Tree (1949), and The Triple Echo (1970).
See his autobiography (3 vol., 1969, 1971, 1971).
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