In His Eighty Seven Years, Norman Maclean Played Many Parts Fisherman, Logger, Firefighter, Scholar, Teacher But It Was A Role He Took Up Late In Life, That Of Writer, That Won Him Enduring Fame And Critical Acclaim As Well As The Devotion Of Readers Worldwide Though The 1976 Collection A River Runs Through It And Other Stories Was The Only Book Maclean Published In His Lifetime, It Was An Unexpected Success, And The Moving Family Tragedy Of The Title Novella Based Largely On Maclean S Memories Of His Childhood Home In Montana Has Proved To Be One Of The Most Enduring American Stories Ever Written The Norman Maclean Reader Is A Wonderful Addition To Maclean S Celebrated Oeuvre Bringing Together Previously Unpublished Materials With Incidental Writings And Selections From His Famous Works, The Reader Will Serve As The Perfect Introduction For Readers New To Maclean, While Offering Longtime Fans New Insight Into His Life And Career.In This Evocative Collection, Maclean As Both A Writer And A Man Becomes Evident Perceptive, Intimate Essays Deal With His Career As A Teacher And A Literary Scholar, As Well As The Wealth Of Family Stories For Which Maclean Is Famous Complete With A Generous Selection Of Letters, As Well As Excerpts From A 1986 Interview, The Norman Maclean Reader Provides A Fully Fleshed Out Portrait Of This Much Admired Author, Showing Us A Writer Fully Aware Of The Nuances Of His Craft, And A Man As At Home In The Academic Environment Of The University Of Chicago As In The Quiet Mountains Of His Beloved Montana.Multifarious And Moving, The Works Collected In The Norman Maclean Reader Serve As Both A Summation And A Celebration, Giving Readers A Chance Once Again To Hear One Of American Literature S Most Distinctive Voices.
See this thread for information.Born in Clarinda, Iowa, on December 23, 1902, Maclean was the son of Clara Davidson 1873 1952 and the Rev John Maclean 1862 1941 , a Scottish Presbyterian minister, who managed much of the education of the young Norman and his brother Paul 1906 1938 until 1913 The family relocated to Missoula, Montana in 1909 The following years were a considerable influence on and inspiration to his writings, appearing prominently in the short story The Woods, Books, and Truant Officers 1977 , and semi autobiographical novella A River Runs Through It 1976.Too young to enlist in the military during World War I, Maclean worked in logging camps and for the United States Forest Service in what is now the Bitterroot National Forest of northwestern Montana The novella USFS 1919 The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky and the story Black Ghost in Young Men and Fire 1992 are semi fictionalized accounts of these experiences.Maclean attended Dartmouth College, where he served as editor in chief of the humor magazine the Dartmouth Jack O Lantern the editor in chief to follow him was Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr Seuss He was also a member of the Sphinx senior society and Beta Theta Pi He received his Bachelor of Arts in 1924, and chose to remain in Hanover, New Hampshire, and serve as an instructor until 1926 a time he recalled in This Quarter I Am Taking McKeon A Few Remarks on the Art of Teaching He began graduate studies in English at the University of Chicago in 1928 Three years later he was hired as a professor at University of Chicago, where he received three Quantrell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching On 24 September 1931 Maclean married Jessie Burns died 1968 , a red headed Scots Irish woman from Wolf Creek, Montana They later had two children a daughter Jean born in 1942 , now a lawyer and a son, John born in 1943 , now a journalist and author of Fire on the Mountain The True Story of the South Canyon Fire 1999 , and two other books, Fire Ashes 2003 and The Thirtymile Fire A Chronicle of Bravery and Betrayal 2007.In 1940, Maclean earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago where during World War II he declined a commission in Naval intelligence to serve as Dean of Students During the war he also served as Director of the Institute on Military Studies, and co authored Manual of Instruction in Military Maps and Aerial Photographs At the University of Chicago, Maclean taught Shakespeare and the Romantic poets, and he produced two scholarly articles, From Action to Image Theories of the Lyric in the Eighteenth Century and Episode, Scene, Speech, and Word The Madness of Lear The latter essay elaborates a theory of tragedy that Maclean would revisit in his later work the essay is available here From approximately 1959 to 1963, Maclean worked on a book about George Armstrong Custer and the Battle of the Little Big Horn that he never completed, but from which excerpts were recently published During his last decade on the Chicago faculty, Maclean held an endowed chair as William Rainey Harper Professor of English After his retirement in 1973, he began, as his children Jean and John had often encouraged him, to write down the stories he liked to tell His most acclaimed story, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories was published in 1976, the first work of original fiction published by the University of Chicago Press This title was nominated by a selection committee to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Letters in 1977, but the full committee ignored the nomination and did not award a Pulitzer in that category for the year A River Runs Through It was adapted into a motion picture directed by Robert Redford
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