New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1973. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo, 342 pages; VG/VG; in black dust jacket, black spine with yellow and orange titling; mild rubbing and wear, particularly to head and tail of spine, small closed tears; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, price uncut '$8.95'; newsprint staining to the ffep;
Inscribed on the ffep by Isaac Bashevis Singer, "For Rachel / with my love and / admiration / Isaac"
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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)..."
This collection of stories contains 24 stories, 14 of which first appeared in The New Yorker, including the title story. It shared the 1974 National Book Award for Fiction with Thomas Pynchon, and Singer went on to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.