"In our own time, even when political communications have been strained, the Russian people have bought more than 20,000 copies of the works of Jack London, more than 10 million books of Mark Twain, and hundreds and thousands of copies of Hemingway, Steinbeck, Whitman, and Poe; and our own people, through the works of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky and Pasternak have gained an insight into the shared problems of the human heart. Thus today, as always, art knows no national boundaries."

- President John F. Kennedy, from the televised fundraiser “An American Pageant of the Arts,” November 29, 1962.
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