Today is the birthday of H.E. Bates, known in his time as "The English Chekhov" and one of my favorite short-story writers. A prolific writer with a long career, he first gained fame under the pen name "Flying Officer X" when he was commissioned by the RAF to write stories of flying life during WWII. Bates wrote as authoritatively about flowers and country life as he did about violent plane wrecks and bleak wartime landscapes, and his keen, sometimes heartbreaking observations of the small joys and disappointments of human life more than earn him his Chekhovian nickname.

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