This is the first letter I received from Anais - It set the tone for the content of all our future correspondence- the subject was writing and she begins "Your statement on Marguerite Young was sobeautiful that I wish I had been able to quote it in my Novel of the Future! I copied it for Marguerite instantly and sent it to her. She needs it." All the themes of our future correspondence are there in that opening statement. She continued to invite my work into her books, and as the communications progressed she wrote to me: "We are writing books in these letters." Noteworthy in this letter is the lack of a date. Anais was so very very particular about such details. She always dated her letters, and it was a source of frustration to her that I never dated mine, as Marguerite never dated hers. In her final days Anais requested I publish these letters, but to wait thirty years after her departure from the planet, then to write the book. I have begun that process now, and it attests to my devotion to her mission and her vision that I have never once thought of exploiting our friendship in any way. I address this material now to fulfill her own wishes as stated in many conversations over the years. It was her wish that I emphasize give my attention to Marguerite Young as (in Anais's words) "our greatest writer." It is with a sense of reverence that I approach this task.