I recently came across a soft back edition of A River Runs Through It. Upon opening it I discovered the following:
The inscription caught my attention, both because they are somewhat rare, but also because something seemed amiss. First of all I couldn’t quite grasp to whom it was written, and secondly the truncated name seemed unprofessor-like. I decided to leave the $50 in my pocket.
When I returned home I discovered Norman indeed signed his name in full, and more importantly, the inscription date (December, 1990) occurred after his death date (August, 1990).
Pete Gambitsky from the Fireside Angler provided this handwriting reference of Norman’s ruler- straight penmanship: