A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 5, 1973

MOST public figures, including writers, welcome publicity nowadays. If anything, the press has to be on guard against overeager publicity seekers. But there are some personalities who make a fetish of resisting exposure—and they are more of a problem. As it happens, TIME this week deals with two of them, both authors.

One is the mysterious Thomas Pynchon, whose novel Gravity's Rainbow is reviewed in our Books section by R.Z. Sheppard. The other elusive character is our cover subject, Anthropologist Carlos Castaneda, whose three volumes about his experience with Indian Sorcerer Don Juan have...

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