A River Runs through It and Other Stories

A River Runs through It and Other Stories

A River Runs through It and Other Stories

A River Runs through It and Other Stories

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Overview

When Norman Maclean sent the manuscript of A River Runs through It and Other Stories to New York publishers, he received a slew of rejections. One editor, so the story goes, replied, “it has trees in it.” Forty years later, the title novella is recognized as one of the great American tales of the twentieth century, and Maclean as one of the most beloved writers of our time. The finely distilled product of a long life of often surprising rapture—for fly-fishing, for the woods, for the interlocked beauty of life and art—A River Runs through It has established itself as a classic of the American West. This new edition will introduce a fresh audience to Maclean’s beautiful prose and understated emotional insights.

Elegantly redesigned, A River Runs through It includes a new foreword by Robert Redford, director of the Academy Award-winning 1992 film adaptation of River. Based on Maclean’s own experiences as a young man, the book’s two novellas and short story are set in the small towns and mountains of western Montana. It is a world populated with drunks, loggers, card sharks, and whores, but also one rich in the pleasures of fly-fishing, logging, cribbage, and family. By turns raunchy and elegiac, these superb tales express, in Maclean’s own words, “a little of the love I have for the earth as it goes by.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226472065
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Edition description: Enlarged
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 26,820
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)

About the Author

Norman Maclean (1902-90), woodsman, scholar, teacher, and storyteller, grew up in and around Missoula, Montana, and worked for many years in logging camps and for the United States Forest Service before beginning his academic career. He was the William Rainey Harper Professor of English at the University of Chicago until 1973.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Robert Redford (2017)
Acknowledgments (1976)


A River Runs through It

Logging and Pimping and “Your Pal, Jim”

USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky

What People are Saying About This

Nick Lyons

'I am haunted by waters,' says Norman MacLean at the end of his remarkable title piece inA River Runs Through It and Other Stories.And by this time you will be, too-haunted by his Big Black Foot River, by the memories of his father and brother (with whom he fished), by the uncanny blending of fly-fishing with the affections of the heart…A River Runs Through It is earthy, whimsical, authoritative, wise; it touches the heart without blushing and traces lasting images for the eye…The book is a gem.
—(Nick Lyons, Fly-Fisherman)

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