Editors: The Outspoken Grafin

The countess is 53 and unmarried. She has eyes of piercing blue, a disconcertingly level gaze, and a low metallic voice that is mistress of three tongues. She shakes hands firmly, rather like a man, and is thrifty with her smiles. She is a connoisseur of fine wines and an excellent horsewoman. She has also been compared, with complimentary intent, to Walter Lippmann; and the comparison is at least vocationally just. For Dr. Marion Grafin Donhoff has one of West Germany's most respected bylines.

No Ease. West Germans from Chancellor Adenauer on down have been listening attentively if warily to Grafin...

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