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A River Runs Through It and Other Stories, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition Paperback – Deluxe Edition, October 1, 2001

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"[Maclean] would go to his grave secure in the knowledge that anyone who'd fished with a fly in the Rockies and read his
novella on the how and why of it believed it to be the best such manual on the art ever written--a remarkable feat for a
piece of prose that also stands as a masterwork in the art of tragic writing." (Philip Connors Nation)

"Altogether beautiful in the power of its feeling. . . . As beautiful as anything in Thoreau or Hemingway." (Alfred
Kazin Chicago Tribune Book World)

"It is an enchanted tale. . . . I have read the story three times now, and each time it seems fuller." (Roger Sale New
York Review of Books)

"Maclean's book—acerbic, laconic, deadpan—rings out of a rich American tradition that includes Mark Twain, Kin Hubbard,
Richard Bissell, Jean Shepherd, and Nelson Algren. I love its sound." (James R. Frakes New York Times Book Review)

"The title novella is the prize. . . . Something unique and marvelous: a story that is at once an evocation of nature's
miracles and realities and a probing of human mysteries. Wise, witty, wonderful, Maclean spins his tales, casts his
flies, fishes the rivers and the woods for what he remembers from his youth in the Rockies." (Publishers Weekly)

"Ostensibly a 'fishing story,' 'A River Runs through It' is really an autobiographical elegy that captivates readers who
have never held a fly rod in their hand. In it the art of casting a fly becomes a ritual of grace, a metaphor for man's
attempt to move into nature." (Andrew Rosenheim The Independent)

“Forty years ago, a book appeared that landed fly fishing in the center of American society. At the time, fly fishing
books were not places where people played for keeps, where family promises were forgotten, where young heroes died,
where relationships that were problematic in life become more so in death. Fly fishing books instead offered an
idealized patch of life…. A River Runs Through It and Other Stories certainly stood that one on its head.” (Will Ryan
American Angler)

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Just as Norman Maclean writes at the end of "A River Runs through It" that he is "haunted by waters," so have readers
been haunted by his novella. A retired English professor who began writing fiction at the age of 70, Maclean produced
what is now recognized as one of the classic American stories of the twentieth century. Originally published in 1976, A
River Runs through It and Other Stories now celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary, marked by this new edition that
includes a foreword by Annie Proulx. By turns raunchy, poignant, caustic, and elegiac, these are superb tales which
express, in Maclean's own words, "a little of the love I have for the earth as it goes by," a love shared by millions of
readers. As Proulx writes in her foreword to this new edition, "In 1990 Norman Maclean died in body, but for hundreds of
thousands of readers he will live as long as fish swim and books are made."

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