A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 11, 1971

TO read the movie marquees, one might conclude that the U.S. public has an insatiable appetite for the realities of the Now Generation and its quest for relevance. Yet, as TIME suggests in its cover story this week, there may be a new trend gathering momentum. It is a return to romanticism, a yearning for years past, when life was simpler and values stronger. This yearning is expressed both in the film Love Story and in the personality of its star, Ali MacGraw. Senior Editor Peter Martin and Correspondent Mary Cronin first met her in Hollywood last June. They were immediately...

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