People: Nov. 24, 1961

As he deplaned at New York's Idlewild Airport for a U.S. visit, Aleksei Adzhubei, 37, a pudgy, fair-haired carbon of Father-in-Law Nikita Khrushchev, was pointedly asked by a U.S. newsman: "As editor of Izvestia, are you responsible for the policies of the paper and its editorial content?" The Red editor's first reaction was a reflex affirmative. His second, delivered in the only English he used during the interview: "Maybe."

Widely known for his interpretations of other writers—his works include a graceful translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses, a critique of Amy Lowell and her times,...

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