A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 14, 1949

One evening a fortnight ago a tall, slim, sandy-haired man in street clothes sat on a desk in the wings of Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House and watched the Sadler's Wells Ballet performance of Apparitions. From time to time, when she wasn't on stage, prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn came over to talk to him. TIME's Chandler Thomas, having sat through five performances of different ballets out front, wanted to see how ballet looked from backstage. He was getting ready for this week's cover story on Miss Fonteyn.

As TIME's Music writer, Thomas covers the entire...

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