A Letter From The Publisher: Apr. 14, 1961

A5 with everything else she does, the fact that Playwright Jean Kerr would be on TIME'S cover this week became the subject of high-spirited discussion in the Kerr household. Her five sons knew all about her being interviewed, and sitting for her portrait. At this point, fortnight ago, TIME, with Guilt and Anxiety as its cover subject, arrived at the Kerr home. Son Christopher, 15, looked long and admiringly at Edvard Munch's 1893 painting of a skull-headed figure, screaming out its loneliness. He turned to his mother and said: "I like it. They've caught the real you."

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