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ID
cx171
Title
"Supreme Teller of Sea Tales"
Genre
Essay
Page Count
1
Word Count
950
Publisher
News Chronicle
Publication Year
1957
Document Types
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Literary Criticism
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In this essay, on the centenary of Joseph Conrad's birth, Bates celebrates writing that is 'often complex, persistently compelling, and...burningly sensuous and haunting in atmosphere.'

While acknowledging criticisms of both his writing and his plots, Bates maintains that as a 'teller of tales' Conrad was 'by any standard, a spell-binder.' Bates previously expressed his admiration for Conrad in an essay and a book review, both published in 1936.

In News Chronicle, (December 4, 1957, p. 8, attached).


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