By John A. Murray
More than twenty-five years after his demise, iconic author and nature activist Edward Abbey (1927-1989) continues to be an influential presence within the American environmental flow. Abbey's top identified works remain greatly learn and encourage discourse at the key concerns dealing with modern American society, quite with appreciate to urbanization and expertise. Abbey in America, released 40 years after Abbey's renowned novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, beneficial properties an all-star checklist of individuals, together with newshounds, authors, students, and of Abbey's top buddies as they discover Abbey's principles and legacy via their designated literary, own, and scholarly perspectives.
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Extra resources for Abbey in America : a philosopher's legacy in a new century
Lyon, “The Nature Essay in the West,” 1247. 21. Abbey, Confessions of a Barbarian, 254. 22. Edward Abbey to Ed Hoagland, October 31, 1982, in Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast, ed. David Petersen (Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed, 2006), 127. 23. Edward Abbey, introduction to Abbey’s Road, xvi. 24. Edward Abbey to Alston Chase, December 16, 1987, in Postcards from Ed, 224–25. 25. George Packer, “Cheap Words,” New Yorker, February 17 and 24, 2014. 26.
He believed in and he practiced the life of reason. ”42 A year before his death, Abbey made the same observation in his journals: “In writing, I speak only for myself. But in speaking only for myself, I have discovered, through the years and to my delight, that I speak also for hundreds of thousands of others [author’s emphasis]. Every one of my books since Brave Cowboy has stayed in print, and every single one has sold by now at least fifty thousand copies. ”43 Indeed, part of Abbey’s attraction was, and still is, that in refusing to censor himself or become another literary shape-shifter, as writers sometimes do for social or guild reasons, he articulated the reader’s private thoughts and feelings and became the expressive voice for a much larger group of people.
Are there aspects of his life, literary age, and books that have not been noted before? Abbey in America: A Philosopher’s Legacy in a New Century examines these questions through a number of prisms. Each essayist presents a unique perspective on Abbey and adopts a different literary, personal, or scholarly approach. The contributors range across four generations and, geographically, the length and breadth of the country. They include university professors, a field scientist, an environmental historian, Abbey’s personal friends, a medical doctor, a science educator, a professional journalist, and independent scholars, authors, and commentators.
Abbey in America : a philosopher's legacy in a new century by John A. Murray