Best of Edward Abbey

Best of Edward Abbey

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This is the only major collection of Abbey’s writings compiled by the author himself: in his own words, “to present what I think is both the best and most representative of my writing—so far.” It serves up a rich feast of fiction and prose by the singular American writer whom Larry McMurtry called “the Thoreau of the American West.&

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This is the only major collection of Abbey’s writings compiled by the author himself: in his own words, “to present what I think is both the best and most representative of my writing—so far.” It serves up a rich feast of fiction and prose by the singular American writer whom Larry McMurtry called “the Thoreau of the American West.”
Devoted Abbey fans along with readers just discovering his work will find a mother lode of treasures here: generous chunks of his best novels, including The Brave Cowboy, Black Sun, and his classic The Monkey Wrench Gang; and more than a score of his evocative, passionate, trenchant essays—a genre in which he produced acknowledged masterpieces such as Desert Solitaire. Scattered throughout are the author’s own petroglyph-style sketches.
This new edition adds selections from work that appeared shortly before Abbey’s death: a chapter from Hayduke Lives!, the hilarious sequel to The Monkey Wrench Gang; excerpts from his revealing journals; and examples of his poetry. A new foreword by Doug Peacock—Abbey’s close friend and the model for the flamboyant activist Hayduke—offers a fond appreciation of this larger-than-life figure in American letters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578051212
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
07/15/2005
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
458
Sales rank:
334,491
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Edward Abbey was born in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and first bummed his way west in 1944. His love of the desert took root during his undergraduate years at the University of New Mexico. After a Fulbright scholarship took him to Scotland, he lived mostly in the Southwest, except for brief stints in New York.He worked at many jobs--often as a ranger or fire lookout--until the success of The Monkey Wrench Gang allowed him to focus on writing. His best-known books include Desert Solitaire,Down the River, and The Journey Home.

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