New York: The Viking Press, 1975. First Edition, Third Printing. Octavo, 487 pages; VG/G+; in yellow dust jacket, yellow spine with brown titling; some rubbing and wear, particularly to spine, including small tears and sun-fading, corners with some chipping; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, price uncut '$10.00'; pages brittle;
Inscribed on the second free endpaper by Saul Bellow, "For my friend Rachel / with affection / Saul";
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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.