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 Forestry Service before beginning his academic career. He was the William Rainey Harper Professor of English at the University of Chicago until 1973.
"If there is a smarter, more affecting meditation on the themes of
fathers and sons, brothers, the pleasures of the natural world,
love, loss, and the haunting power of water, I have yet to come
across it. As it has for many others, A River Runs through
It became for me a kind of central text, equal parts fishing
primer, literary masterwork, and spiritual guide. . . . It remains
one of my most beloved books."--Jon Gluck "New York Times"
"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 "Independent"