Publisher's Letter, Oct. 29, 1956

Dear TIME-Reader:

AMONG the incidental expenses of our Rome bureau this month were such exotic items as "orchids for Maria," "champagne and caviar for Maria" and "food for Maria's poodle." The object of this tender solicitude was Soprano Maria Meneghini Callas. Her benefactor: Correspondent George de Carvalho of the Rome bureau, who did the bulk of the reporting on this week's cover story, starting with the arrangements for the cover portrait by Artist Henry Koerner.

Actually Miss Callas gave far more than she received, though it took some striving. Her first dinner meeting with De Carvalho in Milan went smoothly enough. "Ask me...

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