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#1)  Edward Abbey

Postby edfrank » Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:51 pm

Edward Abbey

Edward Paul Abbey (January 29, 1927 – March 14, 1989) was an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues and criticism of public land policies. His best-known works include the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, which has been cited as an inspiration by radical environmental groups, and the non-fiction work Desert Solitaire. Writer Larry McMurtry referred to Abbey as the "Thoreau of the American West".  

Abbey worked as a seasonal ranger for the United States National Park Service at Arches National Monument (now a national park), near the town of Moab, Utah, which was not then known for extreme sports but for its desolation and uranium mines. It was there that he penned the journals that would become one of his most famous works, 1968's Desert Solitaire, which Abbey described as "...not a travel guide, but an elegy."

Desert Solitaire is regarded as one of the finest nature narratives in American literature, and has been compared to Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac and Thoreau's Walden. In it, Abbey vividly describes the physical landscapes of Southern Utah and delights in his isolation as a backcountry park ranger, recounting adventures in the nearby canyon country and mountains. He also attacks what he terms the "industrial tourism" and resulting development in the national parks ("national parking lots"), rails against the Glen Canyon Dam, and comments on various other subjects.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Abbey


johntaine — April 09, 2010 — An interview I did with Abbey in 1982 for the Phoenix PBS station.

Abbey's Road, Part 1

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOgEs1OZkXg&feature=channel[/youtube]

Abbey's Road, Part 2

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns1owNbEsFU&feature=channel[/youtube]

Abbey's Road, Part 3

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sMdK_xOcIk&feature=channel[/youtube]

Bibliography

Fiction
Jonathan Troy (1954) (ISBN 1-131-40684-2)
The Brave Cowboy (1956) (ISBN 0-8263-0448-6)
Fire on the Mountain (1962) (ISBN 0-8263-0457-5)
Black Sun (1971) (ISBN 0-88496-167-2)
The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975) (ISBN 0-397-01084-2)
Good News (1980) (ISBN 0-525-11583-8)
The Fool's Progress (1988) (ISBN 0-8050-0921-3)
Hayduke Lives (1989) (ISBN 0-316-00411-1)
Earth Apples: The Poetry of Edward Abbey (1994) (ISBN 0-312-11265-3)

Non-fiction
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness (1968) (ISBN 0-8165-1057-1)
Appalachian Wilderness (1970)
Slickrock (1971) (ISBN 0-87156-051-8)
Cactus Country (1973)
The Journey Home (1977) (ISBN 0-525-13753-X)
The Hidden Canyon (1977)
Abbey's Road (1979) (ISBN 0-525-05006-X)
Desert Images (1979)
Down the River (with Henry Thoreau & Other Friends) (1982) (ISBN 0-525-09524-1)
In Praise of Mountain Lions (1984)
Beyond the Wall (1984) (ISBN 0-03-069299-7)
One Life at a Time, Please (1988) (ISBN 0-8050-0602-8)
A Voice Crying in the Wilderness: Notes from a Secret Journal (1989)
Confessions of a Barbarian: Selections from the Journals of Edward Abbey, 1951–1989 (1994) (ISBN 0-316-00415-4)

Letters
Cactus Chronicles published by Orion Magazine, Jul–Aug 2006 (no longer active,)
Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast (2006) (ISBN 1-57131-284-6)

Anthologies
Slumgullion Stew: An Edward Abbey Reader (1984)
The Best of Edward Abbey (1984)
The Serpents of Paradise: A Reader (1995)

See also
Ecodefense: A Field Guide To Monkeywrenching [book]

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#2)  Re: Edward Abbey Interview - 1982

Postby Gary Smith » Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:52 pm

Cactus Ed is one of my favorite authors and I have quite a few of his books. Desert Solitaire is a classic but I don't think it was Abbey's favorite. I've drawn a blank as to which book was supposed to have been his favorite. Great writer and funny guy, too.

Anybody live near Home, PA? That was Abbey's hometown and I believe there is a sign honoring Abbey as one enters the town limits.
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#3)  Edward Abbey Speech 1988 & Misc.

Postby edfrank » Thu Apr 15, 2010 1:40 pm

Edward Abbey Speech Part 1

johntaine — April 14, 2010 — Abbey speaking at the University of Utah in 1988

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW0QdfjQWoc&feature=related[/youtube]

Edward Abbey speech part 2
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sYcbfT5_og[/youtube]

Edward Abbey - A Voice in the Wilderness
svsugvcarter — May 14, 2007 — Author of -Desert Solitaire- and -The Fool's Progress
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LvfSoDdWLc&feature=related[/youtube]

Edward Abbey Advocates Southern Utah's Wildness (1972)
MarriottLibrary — January 06, 2010 — Environmental activist and author Edward Abbey describes the value of Southern Utah's wild landscapes and the threats to their preservation in a 1972 interview from the KUTV News Collection (A0303).
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXsvyTFGqD8&feature=related[/youtube]

Edward Abbey
Gregoryhowardhester — April 26, 2007 — project for school edward abbey
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6Y6lzXUt2o&feature=related[/youtube]

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#4)  Abbey's Web "My People"

Postby edfrank » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:36 pm

'My People'

Edward Abbey's Appalachian Roots in Indiana County, Pennsylvania
by James M. Cahalan

http://www.abbeyweb.net/articles/mypeople/index.html
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#5)  On Not Being Ed Abbey: An Open Letter to Doug Peacock

Postby edfrank » Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:13 pm

On Not Being Ed Abbey: An Open Letter to Doug Peacock

By Erik Burge from Mountain Gazettte No. 160 - October 2009
http://www.mountaingazette.com/news/mountain_notebook/on_not_being_ed_abbey_an_open_letter_to_doug_peacock/

Dear Doug,
Five seconds after I turned on my radio, I knew it was big trouble. You were being cross-examined on “Democracy Now!” and philosophizing to Amy Goodman about some false-charge some pissed-off silvertip laid down on you once.

Soon, the subject of Vietnam wedged it’s way into your craw and off you went ranting down a wilder, even more rip-roarin’ tangent, blazing all the way through the Southeast Asian jungles right up to George Washington Hayduke to Drinking Beer As A Way Of Life.

Finally, as you bushwhacked your way from the POS Glen Canyon Dam and the eviscerated state of the environmental movement today, you inevitably got around to waxing nostalgic about your old pal Ed.

“I thought there’d a-been a 100 Ed Abbeys by now,” you snarled — half-fuming, half-weeping. “But there aren’t.”

Continued http://www.mountaingazette.com/news/mou ... g_peacock/
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#6)  Reflecting on Ed Abbey & Desert Solitaire…by Lloyd Pierson

Postby edfrank » Sun May 13, 2012 3:30 pm

Reflecting on Ed Abbey & Desert Solitaire…by Lloyd Pierson
http://www.canyoncountryzephyr.com/2012/04/01/reflecting-on-ed-abbey-desert-solitaire-by-lloyd-pierson/

The late great Edward Abbey wrote, as most effective writers do, from personal experiences. He did change the names and events to suit his story line, a literary cop-out which avoided many things: historical truth, law suits, aggravated friends and relatives, belligerent bureaucrats and sadistic politicians.


Desert Solitaire, first published in 1968 by McGraw Hill, was Ed Abbey’s sky rocket burst into literary and environmental fame and glory and, incidentally, money. He had written other things, but this one put him on a golden plateau from which he never had to come down. He became a guru of the college and Sierra Club earth protector cult.

So much for adulation. The purpose of this missive is to straighten out some of Ed’s fiction which is based on facts or at least to present these facts as actually happened and as we knew them. Future analysis of Ed’s writings need these facts so they many better understand his approach to writing. This is not to say that this will be a psychological, sociological, cultural or any other deep mind-penetrating analysis and tearing apart of his writings—only and attempt to set some details in their proper place in time and history lest someone use his writings as pure history.
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#7)  Re: Edward Abbey Interview - 1982

Postby PAwildernessadvocate » Sun May 13, 2012 11:34 pm

Gary Smith wrote:Cactus Ed is one of my favorite authors and I have quite a few of his books. Desert Solitaire is a classic but I don't think it was Abbey's favorite. I've drawn a blank as to which book was supposed to have been his favorite.


I believe his favorite was "Fool's Progress," which is semi-autobiographical. It's probably my favorite Abbey book too, followed closely by "Good News."

Gary Smith wrote:Anybody live near Home, PA? That was Abbey's hometown and I believe there is a sign honoring Abbey as one enters the town limits.


I took this photo of an official Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission historical marker many years ago:

               
                       
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In fact, the Abbey marker served as my own inspiration to apply for a PHMC historical maker for Wilderness Act author Howard Zahniser near Tionesta, PA, which was installed in 2001:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7q__sHMJqo[/youtube]

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#8)  Re: Edward Abbey

Postby edfrank » Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:08 am

Burying Edward Abbey

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/best-reads/2015/04/17/edward-abbey-last-act-defiance/25930091/  

In the back of the trucks, they had enough gear for a few nights of camping — cases of beer, baling wire and tools for repairs, shovels for digging. And they had a body bag, full of dry ice and the corpse of Edward Abbey.
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#9)  Re: Edward Abbey

Postby edfrank » Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:17 am

Abbey speaking at the University of Utah in 1988.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW0QdfjQWoc

Part 2 of Abbey's speech at the University of Utah
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sYcbfT5_og
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sYcbfT5_og

Edward Abbey speech part 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sYcbfT5_og
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sYcbfT5_og


Abbey's Road: Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOgEs1OZkXg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOgEs1OZkXg

Abbey's Road Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns1owNbEsFU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns1owNbEsFU

Abbey's Road part 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sMdK_xOcIk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sMdK_xOcIk
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