A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 10, 1947

During the past month hundreds of you have written us about TIME'S story on Marian Anderson (Dec. 30). Seldom, if ever, has a story in TIME evoked such a wide and warm response. For those of you who wrote in, and for those who didn't, the following may serve to answer some of your inquiries and comments:

As most of you know, TIME'S Christmas cover and story, like our Man of the Year, has become an institution with us. With a few exceptions, like the wartime covers of Generals Douglas MacArthur and the late Lesley McNair, it has been a religious cover....

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