A Letter From The Publisher: Jul. 9, 1965

For all the gold there is or ever was Beneath the moon could buy no mite of rest For any one of these exhausted souls.

Thus did Dante Alighieri stigmatize men of affluence, looking at commerce from his rather remote and medieval vantage point. Dante dominates and illuminates this week's BOOKS section in a story that marks the 700th anniversary of his birth and is justly titled A Man for the Ages.

Today, gold and its equivalents are viewed somewhat differently, and the souls that strive for them are not necessarily exhausted. Quite a number of the stories in this issue deal...

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