A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 8, 1961

WHEN TIME began, 38 years ago, we introduced new ways of telling the news—such as dividing it into subjects and using a narrative style, etc. We've been imitated so much since then that what was once novelty is now standard. That's O.K. with us. But one of the other basic TIME innovations was a concern with matters we thought to be important news, but which most newspapers and magazines left to the small, specialized journals to cover. Instead of accenting violence, politics and sports (which most papers concentrated on), TIME widened its horizons to include news in the fields of art,...

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