A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 29, 1973

FOR seekers of the southern sun, Haiti has long sat in the shadows of the Caribbean. Tales of primitive conditions and the pistol politics of the late President François ("Papa Doc") Duvalier kept island-hopping Americans hopping elsewhere. Until recently, at least. With Haiti's government now in the relatively benign hands of Duvalier's son Jean-Claude, the island is becoming more popular. This week, in reportage and color pictures, TIME'S Modern Living section provides a new and close look at Haiti, its people and its art.

"Haiti is still a land wrapped in mystery," says Contributing Editor Jack E. White, who wrote the story....

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