Norman Maclean

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Norman Maclean

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born
in Clarinda, Iowa, The United States
January 23, 1902

died
August 02, 1990

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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 work...more


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A River Runs Through It and...
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Young Men and Fire
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Usfs 1919: Ranger, the Cook...
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The Norman Maclean Reader
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Montana, 1919
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Norman Maclean Reading: A R...
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On the Big Blackfoot
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The Leper's Bell: Reflectio...
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More books by Norman Maclean…
“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”
Norman Maclean

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.”
Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

“Each one of us here today will at one time in our lives look upon a loved one who is in need and ask the same question: We are willing to help, Lord, but what, if anything, is needed? For it is true we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don't know what part of ourselves to give or, more often than not, the part we have to give is not wanted. And so it is those we live with and should know who elude us. But we can still love them - we can love completely without complete understanding.”
Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories