New York: Harper & Row, 1962. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo, 240 pages; VG/G-; in black and brown dust jacket, black and brown spine with white titling; rubbing and wear, particularly to spine, including chips missing to head and tail of spine, tear along fore hinge; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, price uncut '$4.00';
Inscribed on the ffep by E. B. White using his nickname, "Rachel / with love from / Andy";
JM consignment; Case 3.
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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)..."
E. B. White, along with his fame from his children's books Stuart Little (1945), Charlotte's Web (1952), and The Trumpet of the Swan (1970), was known for his contributions to The New Yorker for almost six decades. His wife, Katharine Sergeant Angell White, was a writer and the fiction editor for The New Yorker magazine from 1925 to 1960.