Last Updated: 18 Oct, 2022 | Views: 261
Other Profession(s): Writer, NoveList, Essayist
Higher Education: B.A & M.A University of New Mexico
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About Edward Abbey
Edward Abbey, who was born on January 29, 1927, in the Pennsylvania town of Indiana, grew up close to the community of Home, which now has a state historical marker honoring him. Abbey left the family farm when he was 17 years old and traveled to the American West. He traveled by rail from the Midwest to the Rockies and the West Coast while hitchhiking, and he took a tour of the Southwest on the way back. After falling in love, he spent more than 40 years letting that love influence his life and work.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Abbey published three novels that received little attention while working seasonally as a park ranger and fire lookout. His fourth book, "Desert Solitaire," published in 1968, cemented Abbey's standing as a person who could encourage others to value and safeguard America's natural heritage.
The following year, in 1970, he published three non-fiction coffee table books, Appalachian Wilderness, Slickrock, and Cactus Country, all of which featured stunning photographs. However, after publishing his fifth book, Abbey quickly alienated the establishment.
The most well-known of Abbey's 20+ books, "The Monkey Wrench Gang" (1975), depicts the tale of four environmental saboteurs who dream of blowing up Arizona's Glen Canyon Dam. Others perceived the book as a how-to manual for destroying property, whereas the author referred to it as satire.
Achievements and Awards:
In 1963, Abbey received the Western Heritage Award for Best Novel for his book "Fire on the Mountain."
Edward Abbey received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in 1987.
In terrible health in the 1980s, Abbey was at one point informed he had six months to live and was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Abbey was laid to rest in a sleeping bag without any embalming fluid or a casket, as he had desired.