A Letter From The Publisher, may 18, 1959

To keep readers abreast of great events that affect the course of history, TIME'S correspondents, writers and editors work long and intensely on the big stories, e.g., the Geneva conference of foreign ministers (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS, Toward the Testing, and FOREIGN NEWS, The First Step). But many TIME stories that cast new and fascinating light on life lie far from the scene of such historic encounters. Some of this week's examples:

AMONG the greatest collectors of art were Rome's Renaissance Popes, and under their patronage, Raphael and Michelangelo produced some of their greatest...

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