Epitaph for a Desert Anarchist: The Life and Legacy of Edward Abbey

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Through Abbey's own writings and personal papers, as well as interviews with friends and acquaintances, Bishop gives us a penetrating, compelling, no-holds-barred view of tile life and accomplishments of this controversial figure.

Drawing on Edward Abbey's published writings, personal papers, and interviews with friends and acquaintances, Bishop paints a revealing, no-holds-barred portrait of the outspoken and often outrageous man who inspired the environmental ...

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Through Abbey's own writings and personal papers, as well as interviews with friends and acquaintances, Bishop gives us a penetrating, compelling, no-holds-barred view of tile life and accomplishments of this controversial figure.

Drawing on Edward Abbey's published writings, personal papers, and interviews with friends and acquaintances, Bishop paints a revealing, no-holds-barred portrait of the outspoken and often outrageous man who inspired the environmental movement through his writings and unceasing activism. Photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bishop, a freelance writer, here offers a lengthy eulogy of the iconoclastic author Edward Abbey (1927-1989), who was noted for both fiction ( The Monkey Wrench Gang ) and nonfiction ( Desert Solitaire ) that raged against the technological forces threatening to destroy the natural world. Formerly a park ranger, Abbey explored his beloved Southwest wilderness many times and vehemently protested the building of Glen Canyon Dam and the strip-mining of Hopi land. Abrasive and outspoken, he engendered controversy by his sexist remarks, his support for legal handguns and his fervent opposition to the immigration of Latinos, whose culture he denigrated in print. Although Bishop acknowledges Abbey's negative qualities, his unbridled admiration for his subject and the inclusion of lengthy quotes from Abbey devotees wears thin. (June)
Library Journal
When Edward Abbey died in 1989 at the age of 62, it seemed that everyone had a strong opinion of him. Novelist, naturalist, and social critic, Abbey loved his country but hated the industrial system degrading the countryside. In attempting to examine the impact of his work, Bishop, a writer and editor with access to Abbey's private papers, concludes that he was a difficult romantic who wished to be remembered for his fiction and ultimately inspired a generation. Highlights include a chapter on the memorial service attended by his peers and a too-brief epilog by writer Charles Bowden. Occasionally, the writing seems a bit disjointed, but on the whole this work gives valuable insight into a legendary and controversial American writer. Recommended for nature collections; essential where Abbey is in demand.-Tim Markus, Evergreen State Coll. Lib., Olympia, Wash.
Dave Foreman
Epitaph for a Desert Anarchist: The Life and Legacy of Edward Abbey is that rare book, true to it's title and honest in its inetent and execution. Los Angeles Times
Brad Knickerbocker
A well written analysis of an American original who's likely to become more popular.
The Christian Science Monitor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684804392
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 0.64 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

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