A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 2, 1953

Many of you have written to tell me about some unexpected train of events set off by the appearance of a story in TIME. Here are three current examples, all of them involving authors who can credit TIME with getting them started or encouraging them to keep going.

Four years ago Norah Berg, self-styled "The Beachcomber," of Ocean City, Wash. wrote to tell us about the lively little community of shore-dwellers whose members, she said, "live in shacks and spend their time reading, fighting and drinking home-brew," as well as engaging in heated debates about the material they read. In her letter,...

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