I worked with Bent­ley

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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

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