A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 19, 1954

A lanky, long-necked clergyman emerges from the deanery of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, shuts behind him the learning of 40 centuries, gazes wearily down a hill black with automotive traffic, whispers: "Woe, woe is this perverse generation . . . A generation which travels 60 miles an hour must be five times as civilized as one which travels only twelve . . ."

Thus began TIME'S cover story (Nov. 24, 1924) on the Very Rev. William Ralph Inge, "The Gloomy Dean" of St. Paul's. Since then, TIME has carefully followed and reported the doings of...

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