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Abbey, Edward

(1927–89) author, conservationist; born in Home, Pa. Raised on a Pennsylvania farm, he moved permanently to the Southwest in 1947. He published his first book, the novel Jonathan Troy, in 1954. In Desert Solitaire (1968), an account of his years as a part-time ranger in the Arches National Monument, Utah, he called for, among other things, a ban on motor vehicles in wilderness preserves. The Monkey Wrench Gang (1976), a novel about a gang of ecological saboteurs, was a bestseller and made him a cult hero; although he disavowed such extremists who actually engaged in sabotage on behalf of ecological goals, he became increasingly quirky in his writings and public statements.
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In the end, he turns to his own native region, the American West, with Wallace Stegner, Edward Abbey, Robinson Jeffers, Belle Turnbull, and Thomas McGrath.
IN HIS 1968 BOOK ABOUT ARCHES, 'DESERT SOLITAIRE,' EDWARD ABBEY WARNED THAT TOURISTS AND CARS WOULD DESTROY THE PARK HE LOVED.
Notable authors include Terry Tempest Williams, Edward Abbey, Mary Roberts Rhinehart, and Don Burgess.
In 1980, he founded Dream Garden Press, a publishing company that produced several works of critical acclaim, including The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey and books of poetry by Ken Brewer and Sicilian-born "sonosopher" Alex Caldiero.
The great Edward Abbey called Phoenix "an oasis of ugliness in the midst of a beautiful wasteland," and I'd have tossed it in my "bad city" bin without a second (or even first) thought before five days in January under the chaperonage of our friends Jeremy and Kara persuaded me otherwise.
Instead of deploying a linear narrative, he turns to two figures and two movements in order to probe the links between conservative positions and environmentalism in the postwar period: Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, environmentalist Edward Abbey, the antifluoridation movement, and free-market environmentalism.
In Finding Abbey: The Search For Edward Abbey and His Desert Grave, Sean Prentiss retraces his search to find the grave of renowned environmental writer Edward Abbey.
While they are often roped together as Western or regional writers (narrow classifications they both loathed), and their prime writing years and geographic terrain overlapped to a degree, there could not have been two more different writers--or men--than Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey.
All the while, Pearson's nightmares, threaded with snatches of prose from the writings of Edward Abbey, are leading him closer to some final confrontation--but with what?
As Henry Beston, Aldo Leopold, Edward Abbey, Barry Lopez, Rick Bass and many others have told us, wild animals need wild country, enough of it to make a living.
The idea of wilderness needs no defense," Edward Abbey once declared, "it only needs defenders.