A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 17, 1972

Every critic has his own definition of his function and impact. Says Martha Duffy, of our Books section: "I don't think of myself as a custodian of people's opinions. I'm trying to tell people who are interested in books what's around and what I think of it. I have no illusions about changing people. The person to whom I address myself is anyone who wants to read."

This week the Duffy message goes out on two lines. Along with three novelists and a fellow critic, she is on the jury scheduled to announce the...

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