Desiderata

Listed here are items not yet seen, bibliographical information not yet verified, or references that may lead to improvements to the library. If you can help we would love to hear from you: info@hebates.com

  • There is supposedly a 'brilliant article on the Burma fighting' by Bates according to an article (PDF) in the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer dated October 17, 1945, that appeared in The Statesman of Calcutta (July 10, 1945), "A Friendly Gesture"
  • Do you have a copy of Argosy (UK) (December 1934)? Within is an article entitled'Modern Masters of the Short Story: H.E. Bates' by Edward J. O’Brien which we would love to see
  • An unidentified 'national newspaper' (May 13, 1942), published an article by Bates on the 30th anniversary of No. 1 Squadron, with the opening line: 'Between them Kuttelwascher and McLachlan have brought night intruding and night fighting to a fine art.' Quoted in 'Night hawk: The biography of flight lieutenant Karel Kuttelwascher' by Roger Darlington
  • The Daily Telegraph (May 25, 1962) mentions a Bates introductory essay in the programme for 'tonight's Arts Ball at Folkestone, of which Lady Guilford is the chairman.' (PDF)
  • Bates writes that he has reached the 'the pinnacle, the Parnassus of writers, an article in Good Housekeeping!' Our best guess is that it may be in the UK edition of Good Housekeeping (June 21, 1931)
  • A piece written by Bates on someone's centenary is thought to have appeared in the News Chronicle (H.E. writing to David Garnett in a letter dated Dec 5, 1957). A likely candidate is Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)
  • A true story entitled 'The Industrious Ants' is thought to have appeared in the column Did It Happen? The Evening Standard (February 4, 1955)
  • We know H.E. wrote plenty of articles for Living magazine and many are already here in the Library, but we have so far been unable to check the following issues. June, July, August 1969; November 1971; January 1973; February, August 1974
  • We suspect Bates wrote for the Royal Air Force Journal under the name HEB. We've checked the British editions, but do you have the Middle East and Indian editions?
  • An undated essay cited by Baldwin 'The Best and Worst in Life' may have been earmarked for publication in the (London) Evening News. We are wondering if this ever published? (The Harry Ransom Center, Texas has an unpublished version)
  • The Periodical 'The Writer' probably contains an article / interview with Bates
  • Books of the Month, potential items (possibly BL)
  • Sunday Dispatch, 'Fire Eaters' date of publication needs to be verified. Eads lists publication as 1951 (Sunday Dispatch, November 18, 1951, p.2); but he also dates the item as 1957
  • Woman’s Own, need better date for 'Love in a Wych Elm' than 1954; Moment in Time, an installment identified in the May 1964 issue, other installments not identified
  • Story: September 28, 1955 - not a newspaper (IU)