New York: The Viking Press, 1976. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo, 182 pages; VG/VG-; in beige dust jacket, beige spine with black and blue titling; mild rubbing and wear, particularly to spine, including creasing and closed tears; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, price uncut '$8.95';
Inscribed on the ffep by Saul Bellow, "To Rachel, who put as / much into this book as / I did with love / Saul";
Loose within is the program for the Anti-Defamation League's America's Democratic Legacy Award 1976, awarded to Saul Bellow. Also loose is a 1 page TLS from the ADL reminding Rachel MacKenzie about the event;
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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)..."
Bellow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1976, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976, and the National Medal of Arts, in 1988. He is the only writer to win the National Book Award for Fiction three times, in 1954, 1965, and 1971.