From The Publisher: Jun. 29, 1992

Senior writer Martha Duffy has had her share of reluctant interview subjects. Saul Bellow was grouchy; Robert Penn Warren was shy. This week's Profile subject -- Irish President Mary Robinson -- was a different kind of challenge for Duffy, who usually writes about artists and their craft. "Robinson was | more guarded than, say, a fashion designer or a choreographer," says Duffy. "At times it was a little puzzling since she has a marvelous record of accomplishment."

So does Duffy. When she joined TIME in 1960 as a researcher, institutional tradition suggested that her climb up the editorial ladder would stop...

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