The Best of Edward Abbey

The Best of Edward Abbey

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: San Francisco : Sierra Club Books, c2005
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9781578051212
Call Number: 813.54 Ab205b 2005
Characteristics: xxi, 433 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Jul 20, 2016

Abbey's writing triumphed over my disagreement with him on co-evolving civilization and nature. I've been trying to follow his footprints invisible in the desert with limited means and gradually firming fortitude. I was in league with him, with little attention to examine every single action we (including Abbey) commit. This collection is (can be an introduction of Abby's complete works in different time period) for ones who love his prose style and appreciate how essential and rare a passionate literary figure like him a society needs.


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