Thursday, January 3, 2008

Edward Abbey

Author: Edward Abbey
Born: January 29, 1927; Indiana, near Home, Pennsylvania
Died: March 14, 1989; Tucson, Arizona

Edward Abbey’s work provokes an intensity of response that is unusual for a writer of the American West. He is best known for his iconoclastic attacks on the forces of twentieth century society that encroached on the remaining wilderness areas in the United States, in particular the deserts of the Southwest. His condemnation of the U.S. government’s support of greedy developers, mindless strip mining, and “industrial tourism” was vitriolic and impassioned. To his adherents, he was the voice of truth; to his detractors, he was a troublesome crank. The writer who stood at the center of the controversy was someone at once intensely private and painfully self-revelatory.

Cactus Country, 1973
Slickrock: Endangered Canyons of the Southwest, 1971
Appalachian Wilderness: The Great Smoky Mountains, 1970
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, 1968
Confessions of a Barbarian: Selections from the Journals of Edward Abbey, 1951-1989, 1994
Slumgullion Stew: An Edward Abbey Reader, 1984
Beyond the Wall: Essays from the Outside, 1984
Down the River, 1982
Abbey’s Road, 1979
The Journey Home: Some Words in Defense of the American West, 1977
One Life at a Time, Please, 1988
Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast, 2006 (David Petersen, editor)

long fiction
The Brave Cowboy: An Old Tale in a New Time, 1956
Hayduke Lives!, 1990
The Fool’s Progress, 1988
Good News, 1980
The Monkey Wrench Gang, 1975
Black Sun, 1971
Fire on the Mountain, 1962
Jonathan Troy, 1954

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