Books: The Lonely One

DAG HAMMARSKJÖLD: A SPIRITUAL PORTRAIT by Sven Stolpe. 127 pages. Scribner. $3.95.

Dag Hammarskjöld was a man almost nobody knew. His diary, Markings, published three years after his death (TIME, Oct. 23, 1964), surprised even his close associates, for it showed that the brilliant economist, banker, and Secretary-General of the U.N. was a mystical man, unfathomed during his lifetime, constantly tortured by self-doubt and despair.

But it was no surprise to Sven Stolpe, one of Sweden's most distinguished writers and chancellor of the Swedish Catholic Academy. As a close friend of Hammarskjöld's since early youth, Stolpe was aware that at one time Hammarskjöld...

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