A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 25, 1974

The events chronicled in this week's cover story come as no surprise to TIME readers, thanks in part to its author, Contributing Editor Patricia Blake, who predicted them in a story in the Feb. 11 issue. An avid daily reader of Soviet newspapers, she early assessed the direction of the campaign that was being waged against Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Since Blake for the past three years has also been writing a book about Solzhenitsyn, she is able to describe both the man and his dilemma with authority.

Blake has been a serious student of Russian literature since, at the age of 14, she...

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