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    Norman Maclean. A River Runs Through It and Other Stories. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976. First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by the author to the front free endpaper recto, "March 12, 1976 / To Betty and George / Dear friends who have made / a difference in my life. / Norman." Autograph letter signed "Norman" laid in. Octavo. 217, [1, blank] pages. Publisher's light blue cloth, spine stamped in silver; original illustrated first issue dust jacket. Foot of spine just pushed. Tan endpapers, offsetting to rear endpapers. Internally clean and tight, all edges trimmed; a small spot of soiling to page 61, a few pages with corners creased. Dust jacket unclipped ($7.95); minor edgewear, spine lightly sunned with a light vertical crease, somewhat rubbed. Autographed letter signed by the author; four pages of a bifolium (hand-numbered), measuring 130 x 95 mm and dated Feb. 16, 1969. Inked note next to the author's signature on the letter, "(Maclean)." All housed in custom blue cloth clamshell case backed in navy leather, spine stamped in gilt. Fine book with near fine dust jacket.

    A beautiful association copy of the author's first book, the title novella being drawn from much of his early years in the Rocky Mountain region. The included letter is written to George and Theodora Bobrinsky, personal friends of the author and his family, and paints a touching picture of Maclean's gratitude for their support in the wake of the recent loss of his wife, Jessie, to cancer. In the letter he thanks the couple for their kindness and friendship, including donating to a memorial research fund instated in Jessie's honor and their positive influence on the author's children and grandchildren.

    Though critically acclaimed, the work did not garner significant public attention until the adaptation of the title novella into a feature film in 1992, after which its popularity skyrocketed. The film was directed by Robert Redford and starred Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, and Emily Lloyd. It was a critical and commercial success, garnering four Academy Award nominations, of which it won one (Best Cinematography).

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