Edward Abbey was born in Home, Pennsylvania in 1927. In 1944, at the age of 17, Abbey set out to explore the American Southwest, bumming around the country by hitchhiking and hopping freight trains. It was during this time that Abbey developed a love of the desert, which would shape his life and his art for the next forty years. After a brief stint in the military, Abbey completed his education at the University of New Mexico and later, at the University of Edinburgh. He took employment as a park ranger and fire lookout at several different National Parks throughout his life, experiences from which he drew for his many books. Abbey died at his home in Oracle, Arizona in 1989.
The Brave Cowboyby Edward Abbey
The hero, Jack Burns, reserves the 20th century. He canters down the main street of Duke City, (a thinly disguised Albuquerque), tears up his draft card and ignores the detritus of our age. His stubborn adherence to the values
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This book, made into the movie "Lonely Are the Brave," established Edward Abbey as one of our preeminent exponents of the western legend.
The hero, Jack Burns, reserves the 20th century. He canters down the main street of Duke City, (a thinly disguised Albuquerque), tears up his draft card and ignores the detritus of our age. His stubborn adherence to the values of the Old West make him anathema to those who uphold the new law of the land.
"The cowboy's flight from captivity in a grubby jail cell to the pure freedom of the beckoning mountains is a symbolic journey that most men, at one time or another, either in reality or in their imagination, make."--William T. Pilkington
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