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cx130
Title
[Untitled Letter]
Genre
Essay
Page Count
1
Word Count
80
Publisher
Story
Publication Year
1934
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A letter dated January 8, 1934 to Whit Burnett, co-editor of Story magazine, in which Bates refers to the suicide, at age 31, of Welsh author Dorothy Edwards.

Edwards, who had a novel and a story collection published before her death, was the object of praise from Bates in 'The Short Story Returns to Life' in 1933 and in 'Women and the Modern Short Story' in 1941.

In the early 1930s, having become friends with the Bloomsbury author David Garnett, Edwards agreed to live with the Garnett family in exchange for child care. Bates and Garnett were lifelong friends who supported each other's work, and who collaborated on Edward Garnett, a tribute to Bate's literary mentor and Garnett's father.

Bates served on the editorial board of Story, in which the letter was published.

In The Blossoming World (pp. 258-259) Bates writes of a luncheon at Garnett's home, probably in the summer of 1933, at which he met both Edwards and the renowned archaeologist T.E. Lawrence.

In Story: the Magazine of the Short Story (New York, April 1934, p. 92, attached)


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