New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1959. First American Edition, First Printing. Octavo, 243 pages; VG/G; in dark green dust jacket, dark green spine with white titling; mild rubbing and wear, particularly to spine, including chips missing to head and tail of spine, small chips and tears; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, price uncut '$3.95';
Inscribed on the ffep by Joseph Mitchell, "To Rachel MacKenzie / with love / Joe Mitchell / November 11, 1974";
JM consignment;. Case 6.
Shelved Dupont Bookstore
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)..."
Joseph Mitchell was an American writer best known for his works of creative nonfiction he published in The New Yorker. His work primarily consists of character studies, where he used detailed portraits of people and events to highlight the commonplace of the world, especially in and around New York City.