All The Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West

All The Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West

by David Gessner


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An homage to the West and to two great writers who set the standard for all who celebrate and defend it.

Archetypal wild man Edward Abbey and proper, dedicated Wallace Stegner left their footprints all over the western landscape. Now, award-winning nature writer David Gessner follows the ghosts of these two remarkable writer-environmentalists from Stegner's birthplace in Saskatchewan to the site of Abbey's pilgrimages to Arches National Park in Utah, braiding their stories and asking how they speak to the lives of all those who care about the West.

These two great westerners had very different ideas about what it meant to love the land and try to care for it, and they did so in distinctly different styles. Boozy, lustful, and irascible, Abbey was best known as the author of the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang (and also of the classic nature memoir Desert Solitaire), famous for spawning the idea of guerrilla actions—known to admirers as "monkeywrenching" and to law enforcement as domestic terrorism—to disrupt commercial exploitation of western lands. By contrast, Stegner, a buttoned-down, disciplined, faithful family man and devoted professor of creative writing, dedicated himself to working through the system to protect western sites such as Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado.

In a region beset by droughts and fires, by fracking and drilling, and by an ever-growing population that seems to be in the process of loving the West to death, Gessner asks: how might these two farseeing environmental thinkers have responded to the crisis?

Gessner takes us on an inspiring, entertaining journey as he renews his own commitment to cultivating a meaningful relationship with the wild, confronting American overconsumption, and fighting environmental injustice—all while reawakening the thrill of the words of his two great heroes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393352375
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/14/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 350,841
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Gessner is the award-winning author of Return of the Osprey, My Green Manifesto, The Tarball Chronicles, and other books. He currently lives and teaches in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

1 Going West 1

2 First Sight 16

3 Lighting the Way 50

4 Paradise, Lost and Found 74

5 Oil and Water 108

6 Making a Name 138

6 How to Fight 164

8 Down the River with Ed and Wally 189

9 The Death and Life of Monkey Wrenching 213

10 Properly Wild 226

11 Going Home Again 257

12 Teachers 268

Acknowledgments 291

Notes on Sources 299

Image Credits 321

Index 323

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