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Edward Abbey (1927-1989) was a singular American writer and cult hero, as famous for books like Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang as he was infamous for the prickly persona of "Cactus Ed." Abbey's postcards and letters, legendary during his lifetime and collected here for the first time, convey the fullness of the man and reveal, along with his wisdom and savage wit, a tender side seldom seen before. Whether spouting on the virtues of anger, roasting hawkish proponents of Vietnam, or lending encouragement to fellow writers such as Cormac McCarthy, here we find the essential spirit of the man, intimate and revolutionary.

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"Touching on civil rights, the environment, Vietnam, immigration, technology, pop culture, industrialism and nearly anything else that has been a hot-button issue since the mid-20th Century, Abbey's letters, collected here and presented in chronological order, offer not only an intriguing portrait of Abbey the writer and individualist, but of the political state of the nation. By turns lucid and measured, warm and intimate, or bitingly cruel (and wickedly funny), Abbey displays a staggering range of concerns, and Abbey's fans will find these missives no less stinging and eloquent than his best fiction. Knowledge of Abbey's work (The Monkey Wrench Gang; Desert Solitaire, etc.) helps put the letters and their author in perspective, though readers unacquainted with Abbey's career may find this a useful introduction." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Abbey was a strong advocate for wildness preservation and ecological protection, and his legacy of writing on this subject is still popular today." Library Journal

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"If few surprises are embedded in this trim selection of letters...it's because Abbey, on the page, was always Abbey: free ranging, cymbal crashing." New York Times

Review:

"Graced with a profoundly moving foreword by Terry Tempest Williams, this volume of volcanic correspondence is an essential addition to American literature and the literature of the environment." Booklist

Book News Annotation:

Abbey (1927-89) traveled west from his native Pennsylvania at age 17 and devoted his life to the desert country. He is best known for his published journal Desert Solitaire and his novel The Monkey Wrench Gang. Petersen presents selections from his correspondence. The CiP data shows what the publisher probably initially chose as the subtitle: The Collected Correspondence of Edward Abbey, 1949/1989. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

“But hell, I do like to write letters. Much easier than writing books.” And write letters Ed Abbey did. In his famous — or infamous — 45-year career, Abbeys cards and letters became as legendary as his books for their wit, vitriol, and ability to speak truth to power. Published here for the first time, the letters offer a fascinating, often hilarious glimpse into the mind of one of Americas most iconoclastic and beloved authors. No subject was too banal, too arcane, or too deep for Abbey to expound on: sex, cheerleaders, Mormons, Aspen, and the Bond girls are covered as gleefully as Stegner, Dylan, Chomsky, Buddhism, and betrayal. Whether scolding an editor to simplify (“Ive had to waste hours erasing that storm of fly-shit on the typescript”) or skewering the chicken-hawk proponents of the war in Vietnam, Abbeys righteous indignation gives hope and inspiration to a generation that desperately needs both.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781571312846
Author:
Abbey, Edward
Publisher:
Milkweed Editions
Foreword:
Williams, Terry Tempest
Editor:
Petersen, David
Author:
Williams, Terry Tempest
Author:
Petersen, David
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Letters
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Abbey, Edward
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 22.5 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Touching on civil rights, the environment, Vietnam, immigration, technology, pop culture, industrialism and nearly anything else that has been a hot-button issue since the mid-20th Century, Abbey's letters, collected here and presented in chronological order, offer not only an intriguing portrait of Abbey the writer and individualist, but of the political state of the nation. By turns lucid and measured, warm and intimate, or bitingly cruel (and wickedly funny), Abbey displays a staggering range of concerns, and Abbey's fans will find these missives no less stinging and eloquent than his best fiction. Knowledge of Abbey's work (The Monkey Wrench Gang; Desert Solitaire, etc.) helps put the letters and their author in perspective, though readers unacquainted with Abbey's career may find this a useful introduction." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Abbey was a strong advocate for wildness preservation and ecological protection, and his legacy of writing on this subject is still popular today."
"Review" by , "If few surprises are embedded in this trim selection of letters...it's because Abbey, on the page, was always Abbey: free ranging, cymbal crashing."
"Review" by , "Graced with a profoundly moving foreword by Terry Tempest Williams, this volume of volcanic correspondence is an essential addition to American literature and the literature of the environment."
"Synopsis" by ,
“But hell, I do like to write letters. Much easier than writing books.” And write letters Ed Abbey did. In his famous — or infamous — 45-year career, Abbeys cards and letters became as legendary as his books for their wit, vitriol, and ability to speak truth to power. Published here for the first time, the letters offer a fascinating, often hilarious glimpse into the mind of one of Americas most iconoclastic and beloved authors. No subject was too banal, too arcane, or too deep for Abbey to expound on: sex, cheerleaders, Mormons, Aspen, and the Bond girls are covered as gleefully as Stegner, Dylan, Chomsky, Buddhism, and betrayal. Whether scolding an editor to simplify (“Ive had to waste hours erasing that storm of fly-shit on the typescript”) or skewering the chicken-hawk proponents of the war in Vietnam, Abbeys righteous indignation gives hope and inspiration to a generation that desperately needs both.
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