Herbert Ernest Bates


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Herbert Ernest Bates (1905–74), better known as H. E. Bates, was an English writer and author. His best-known works include Love for Lydia, The Darling Buds of May, and My Uncle Silas.

Bates was born on May 16, 1905 in Rushden, Northamptonshire, and educated at Kettering Grammar School. After leaving school, he worked as a reporter and a warehouse clerk.

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  • ''Jane Hudson: Bravo.
    Rosano Brazzi: Grazie.
    Jane Hudson: Prego. That about concludes my entire performance in Italian.''
    H.E. Bates, British screenwriter, and David Lean. Jane Hudson (Katherine Hepburn) and Rosano Brazzi (Renato di Rossi), Summertime.
  • ''I'm so happy to be here. Instead of in a hotel full of tourists. Like me.''
    H.E. Bates, British screenwriter, and David Lean. Jane Hudson (Katherine Hepburn), Summertime.
  • ''In America, every female under fifty calls herself a "girl."''
    H.E. Bates, British screenwriter, and David Lean. Jane Hudson (Katherine Hepburn), Summertime.
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