A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 7, 1949

TIME'S Books editor, Max Gissen, and Researcher Ruth Mehrtens have found the ideal locale for interviewing a TIME cover subject: an uninhabited island in the Caribbean. It is completely relaxing, and there are no interruptions.

Their discovery occurred during the long interrogation of Author John P. Marquand for his cover story in this issue. In Marquand's case there was a great deal of controversial material to be gone over, and Gissen's and Miss Mehrtens' talks with him, which began in TIME'S offices in Manhattan, were by no means finished when it was time for the Marquands to go to Nassau for their...

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