Letter: The ins and outs

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IF YOU were to rely on Philip Oakes's letter (17 January) for an accurate description of the Oxford Companion to English Literature you would, in his words, be in deep trouble. Had he read the preface, he would have discovered that no writers born after 1939 are included: therefore no Douglas Dunn, no Salman Rushdie, no Patricia Pogson. Michael Horovitz is gratefully acknowledged as a contributor and his work appears under several headings. Christopher Logue, far from being ignored, is entered under Logue, Christopher, if Mr Oakes wishes to check.

Margaret Drabble

Minehead, Somerset