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PERRIN, Noel

Dr. Bowdler's Legacy: A History of Expurgated Books in England and America

First edition. Foredge foxed, a small stain on the front board, a very good copy in very good dustwrapper with light edgewear. Very warmly Inscribed by the author to New Yorker editor Rachel MacKenzie. MacKenzie 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, Philip Roth, Muriel Spark, and especially Isaac Bashevis Singer. MacKenzie's enthusiasm led to the magazine devoting an entire issue to Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. However, the magazine wouldn't publish Goodbye, Columbus as she recommended because William Shawn was too squeamish over the more "frank" aspects of the novella. A nice association.

[BTC #314658]

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