The Brave Cowboy By Edward Abbey

Edward Abbey’s second published novel and considered his rarest, The Brave Cowboy is the story of a transient ranch hand who rejects modern society. The basis for the popular movie Lonely Are the Brave, starring Kirk Douglas, this book is an ideal companion to the study of modern society’s relationship to wilderness.


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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