Press Release: Maclean, The Norman Maclean Reader

October 31, 2008
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jacket imageWith a single slim volume, published when he was in his seventies, Norman Maclean secured his place in American literary history. More than thirty years have passed since the publication of A River Runs through It and Other Stories, and the book is still passed from reader to reader, handed down from parents to children like an heirloom. Maclean’s second book, Young Men and Fire, struck a similar chord with its account of doomed young firefighters—but it was published posthumously, and his many fans have long wished for an addition to his oeuvre.
The Norman Maclean Reader answers that wish, offering longtime fans new insight into his life and career. The highlight of the volume is Maclean’s unfinished history of General Custer from the 1950s. Though he was never able to shape these never-before-published chapters on the Son of the Morning Star into a complete book, to read them now is revelatory—we see Maclean discovering and refining the techniques of personal and historical writing that would serve him so well decades later. Along with excerpts from his classic works, the book also offers Maclean’s witty personal essays; a fascinating selection of letters discussing history, biography, and the craft of writing; and portions of a wide-ranging interview in which Maclean discusses the very family stories that form the basis of his greatest works. Multifarious and moving, the works collected in The Norman Maclean Reader serve as both a summation and a celebration, honoring a beloved and distinctive American voice.
Read the press release.
Our website for Norman Maclean, while still in development, has several things by and about Maclean as well as several image galleries.

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