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A Collection of Books Inscribed to Rachel MacKenzie
First. A collection of 11 Singer books, nearly all Inscribed to The New Yorker editor Rachel MacKenzie. Rachel MacKenzie (1910-1980) replaced Katherine White as the fiction editor at The New Yorker on the recommendation of May Sarton. During her tenure at the magazine, MacKenzie was noted for her nurturing and editing of, among others, Sarton, Muriel Spark, Philip Roth, and especially Isaac Bashevis Singer. In Master of Dreams: A Memoir of Isaac Bashevis Singer, Singer's assistant of 12 years and later editor, Dvorah Telushkin, remembers watching MacKenzie work with Singer by reading each story out loud to him, line by line, and how she would sometimes request stronger endings to his stories. At MacKenzie's memorial in 1980, Singer revealed that, "Whenever I write something, my first question is, would Rachel have liked it? What faults and defects would she have found in it? To many of her writers, she will remain the measure of what is good and wrong in all their literary endeavors." Singer later dedicated a special edition of his collected stories to MacKenzie, calling her "a literary leader in the best sense of the word." The eleven books are from 1955-1978 and range from fine to very good condition. All but one are first editions and American printings. Each is lovingly Inscribed to MacKenzie by Singer, except one is Inscribed by Singer to MacKenzie's niece. In addition to the books, a brief Typed Letter Signed from Singer's literary agent Robert Lescher to MacKenzie is included. The collection includes: Satan in Goray, Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories, In My Father's Court, Zlateh The Goat and Other Stories, Short Fridays and Other Stories, When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw & Other Stories, A Friend of Kafka, The Fools of Chelm and Their History, Passions and Other Stories, Shosha, and A Young Man in Search of Love. Further details available upon request. .
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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