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About Robert Jordan's signature

Posted by Wilson on Oct 25 2010 11:00 PM under in Books and eBooks
It wasn’t long after Brandon Sanderson had agreed to finish Jim’s (aka Robert Jordan's) work that he made it clear that he wanted his name to fall under Robert Jordan on the book. His wish was even more proof to me that Brandon was the right man for the monumental task. I offered that with the by-line we might also insert a Robert Jordan autograph. Brandon agreed.

So began the search through my Robert Jordan signatures for the perfect copy that I could scan and email to TOR. Michelle Horn, a coworker of many years, and fan girl long before that suggested that she had just the book.

In the early 2000s, I was visiting in Charleston, the Two Rivers. Jim and I were in his office late in the afternoon. I recalled that Michelle didn’t have a signed copy of Eye of the World or any other of Jim’s works for that matter. I asked Jim if he could sign one for her. He took a copy off his writing desk and signed "For Michelle Horn, Best Wishes, Robert Jordan." All these years later, Michelle handed me her cherished book to see if the autograph would work. It was perfect. Then, the significance of that signature hit me: it was in the first book, it was from Jim’s collection, it was signed on his writing desk, and I was privileged to watch him do it. Still, the best laid plans can and will go awry. In the whirlwind of events to get The Gathering Storm to press, a file copy was accidentally substituted for the signature I sent. It’s a great example of Jim’s strong signature, but carries no real personal connection. With the help of Harriet and Paul Stevens at TOR that error is now corrected. What was will be. The Wheel turns and the signature that is in the first will be in the last.

4th of 3.

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Michelle Horn with her copy of Eye of the World and with my advanced copy of Towers of Midnight.

The photo was made in my office. Tom sent Jim a framed print of the cover art for Eye. He forgot that he'd already done so. Jim gave me one of the two, shown behind Michelle, about 2 months before he died. It's never coming down.

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Posted by Wilson on Oct 25 2010 11:00 PM under in Books and eBooks


I don't visit dragonmount for a two days and I'm hit with all kinds of cool. New Faq, new interview, and I really wish I had that copy of ToM.
Signatures really make the book yours. I remember the first time I met RJ. It was at comic-con international in San Diego 2005. I hadn't really thought to bring anything for him to sign, I just wanted to meet him. When I got to see him, all I had was my original tattered paperback of EotW. I still remember the look on his face when I handed it to him. He looked at it, looked at me, smiled and with hands waving like Thom, made this awsome signature come to life. It made that book mine. I didn't have it signed to have it go up in value or anything like that. I just wanted to have something touched by the Creator himself. I am so glad they are including this in the new hard covers of ToM.
And it's things like this that make the WoT community so wonderful. Thank you for caring for us so.
Awesome... (and I'm so jealous!) :(
it's really good to hear from you. thank you for all you've done for RJ, for the rest of his family, and for his fans.
If it wasn't for Robert Jordan I would have still hated reading and would have become an uneducated fool. He helped me find my love for reading. Thank you Robert Jordan!

I have been reading this series since I was 13 years old.  I reread the first 8 books 3 times and finally finished all 15 books last night.  I am grateful for the time Robert Jordan spent painting this fantasy.  He and his characters have been a part of my life for over 25 years.


Here is my autographed copy that I got at a book signing in Boston almost 15 years ago - http://jeca.us/robert-jordan-autograph

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