The Best of Edward Abbey By Edward Abbey

Here renowned author and essayist Edward Abbey has compiled some of the best of his own writings—both fiction and nonfiction. Here Abbey fans will find a treasure trove of the author’s best work, including evocative essays, excerpts from some of his most famous novels such as The Monkey Wrench Gang, Black Sun, and Brave Cowboy, and new work from shortly before Abbey’s death.


Edward Abbey

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.

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