Best of Edward Abbey (Paperback)
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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.