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Edward Abbey was an American author and essayist who wrote passionately about conservation issues, public land policies, and direct action. His most famous fiction work is The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975), a novel long considered to be semi-autobiographical, and an inspiration to the radical environmental movement. Edward Abbey is also well known for Desert Solitaire (1968), about his time working for the National Parks Service. Edward Abbey was born in 1927 in rural Pennsylvania, traveling West at 17 and falling in love with the natural wonders he found there. He studied at the University of New Mexico, taking his Master's degree there and also spending some time at the University of Edinburgh. In the 1950s, he took a position with the Park Service at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, then a largely undiscovered area. His time there affected him deeply, and selections from his journals written there were edited and published as Desert Solitaire, which Edward Abbey claimed was “not a ... more
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from Encyclopedia Britannica born January 29, 1927, Home, Pennsylvania, U.S. died March 14, 1989, Oracle, Arizona American writer whose works, set primarily in the Southwestern United States, reflect an uncompromising environmentalist philosophy. The son of a Pennsylvania farmer, Abbey earned a B.A. (1951) and an M.A. (1956) at the University of New Mexico. He subsequently worked as a park ranger and fire lookout for the National Park Service in the Southwest, developing an intimacy with the region's landscape that was to shape his writing career. Central to this experience was the perspective it afforded on the human presence in the natural environment. Abbey observed both the remnants of ancient Indian cultures and the encroachment of consumer civilization. His book Desert Solitaire (1968), considered by many to be his best, is an extended meditation on the sublime and forbidding wilderness of southeastern Utah and the human incursions into it. He husbanded his extensive knowledge ... more
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