A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 24, 1949

In the lobby of New York's famous Music Box theater, when the new Maxwell Anderson-Kurt Weill musical play, Lost in the Stars, opens on Oct. 30, theatergoers will see an unusual exhibit of paintings. Its presence there is due to a dramatic coincidence—involving a story that appeared in TIME'S Art department on Aug. 8, and an art-loving TIME-reader, Miss Elizabeth Winston, who read the story in TIME'S Atlantic Edition while on her vacation in Paris.

Lost in the Stars, as many of you may know, is based on Cry, the Beloved Country, the recent...

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