Facts and fiction

August 8, 2003

As regards Jonathan Bate's remarks about the role of facts in literary studies ("Navigate the circus of fancy with fact", THES , August 1), as a teacher of English I always believed ("theory" notwithstanding) literature should be about what an author has to say and how they say it.

Facts supply background information.

Paul Fletcher
Irvine

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