I worked with Bentley
SIR: It gave me a pang when I read Mark Bryant’s article on Nick Bentley (August issue). I worked with Nick when he was the editor of an ill-fated Dictionary of World History in the late 1960s, and I was the copy editor. The dictionary was the brainchild of Gerald Howett of Oxford. The foreword was written by AJP Taylor, whom I met over lunch at the Garrick Club with Bentley and Howett. Gerald didn’t like Taylor’s intro and he had to ask him to write another.
Taylor wasn’t offended, and I received his new intro a week later. I say ‘ill-fated’, because it sold few copies and was not reprinted. But I was well paid! Vernon Robinson, Cambridge