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A Voice Crying in the Wilderness is a unique work in the Abbey canon. Completed just two weeks before his home in Fort Llatikcuf, Arizona, the book is, in sum, a credo, but in Abbey's nimble hands it is not a dry tome but a collection of lively, outrageous, drop-dead funny, tick-you-off sayings, observations, musings, and aphorisms about life, death, beer drinking, religion, music, literature, the environment, and just about everything else.

For the first time in paperback, a collection of unforgettable barbs of wisdom from the bestselling author of The Monkey-Wrench Gang. Completed just two weeks before he died, Abbey's collection of one-liners and aphorisms lays down the law on everything from sex to death to the environment to fine art. 50 line drawings.

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Reprint of the 1989 edition published by Rydal Press of Santa Fe. Abbey wrote "An empty man is full of himself", and "Henry James: our finest lady novelist". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312041472
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1990
  • Pages: 112

Meet the Author


Edward Abbey (1927-1989) was born in Home, Pennsylvania. He received graduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of New Mexico, and attended the University of Edinburgh. He worked for a time as a forest ranger and was a committed naturalist and a fierce environmentalist; such was his anger, eloquence, and action on the subject that he has become a heroic, almost mythic figure to a whole host of environmental groups and literally millions of readers.

Abbey's career as a writer spanned four decades and encompassed a variety of genres, from essays to novels to this volume, which was completed two weeks before his death. One of his early successes was the novel The Brave Cowboy, which was made into the movie Lonely Are the Brave. His 1968 collection of essays, Desert Solitaire, became a necessary text for the new environmentalists, like the group 'Earth First,' and his rambunctious 1975 novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, a picaresque tale of environmental guerillas, which launched a national cult movement and sold over half-a-million copies. Other titles include The Journey Home, Fool's Progress, and the posthumously released Hayduke Lives!

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