Today’s free eBook download is The Norman Maclean Reader from the University of Chicago Press and edited and introduced by O. Alan Weltzien. It’s a treasure trove of stories, essays, interviews as well as Maclean’s unfinished work on George Armstrong Custer. Norman Maclean’s other notable works includes A River Runs Through It and Other Stories and Young Men and Fire – both classic pieces of American literature worth reading.
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 Bringing together previously unpublished materials with incidental writings and selections from his more famous works, the Reader will serve as the perfect introduction for readers new to Maclean,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.
Various 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.
To get a free eBook of the Maclean Reader, visit the University of Chicago Press anytime this month (December, 2013).