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This is the only major collection of Abbeys 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 authors own petroglyph-style sketches.

This new edition adds selections from work that appeared shortly before Abbeys 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—Abbeys close friend and the model for the flamboyant activist Hayduke—offers a fond appreciation of this larger-than-life figure in American letters.


"The original fly in the ointment."--Thomas McGuane

"He had about him an authenticity that springs from the page and is beloved by a rising generation of readers."--Edward Hoagland

Table of Contents

[Asterisk * indicates material added to the Second Edition.]


The Author's Preface to His Own Book

From Jonathan Troy (1954)

From The Brave Cowboy (1956)

From Fire on the Mountain (1962)

From Desert Solitaire (1968)


The Moon-Eyed Horse


The Dead Man at Grandview Point

Bedrock and Paradox

From Appalachian Wilderness (1970)


From Black Sun (1971)

From The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975)

Seldom Seen at Home

From The Journey Home (1977)

The Great American Desert

Death Valley

Manhattan Twilight, Hoboken Night

Telluride Blues--A Hatchet Job

From Abbey's Road (1979)

Anna Creek

The Outback

A Desert Isle

Sierra Madre

Down There in the Rocks

Science with a Human Face

In Defense of the Redneck

Fire Lookout

The Sorrows of Travel

From Good News (1980)

From Down the River (1982)

Down the River with Henry Thoreau

Watching the Birds: The Windhover

Of Protest

My Friend Debris


From The Rites of Spring (novel in progress)

*From Beyond the Wall: Essays from the Outside (1984)

Down to the Sea of Cortez

*From The Fool's Progress: An Honest Novel (1989)

*From Hayduke Lives! (1990)

Bonnie's Return

*From Earth Apples: The Poetry of Edward Abbey (1994)

Flash Flood

Down the River

A Sonnet for Everett Ruess

*From Confessions of a Barbarian: Selections from the Journals (1994)

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Abbey, Edward
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Abbey, Edward
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