Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1976. First Edition, First Printing. Quarto, 209 pages; VG/VG-; in black dust jacket, black spine with white titling; mild rubbing and wear, particularly to head and tail of spine, small closed tears and chipping, including chip missing to head of spine; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, price uncut '$17.95';
Inscribed on the verso of the half-title by Isaac Bashevis Singer, "For Rachel / with love and / admiration / Isaac / April 16 1976"
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Rachel MacKenzie was a fiction editor at The New Yorker from 1956 through 1979. Known for nurturing the careers of such literary giants as Isaac Bashevis Singer and Saul Bellow, she also had a correspondence with Muriel Spark and encouraged her to submit to the New Yorker.
Charles McGrath, former writer and editor for The New Yorker, writes "MacKenzie was a bluestocking, a former college professor, who had a discerning eye for talent (she more or less discovered Isaac Singer and was a supporter of the young Philip Roth)..."
Singer was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.