- Abbey, Edward
born Jan. 29, 1927, Home, Pa., U.S.died March 14, 1989, Oracle, Ariz.U.S. writer and environmentalist.Abbey worked as a park ranger and fire lookout for the National Park Service. He wrote a number of volumes on consumer culture's encroachment on the American wilderness. Desert Solitaire (1968), one of his best-known, is set in southeastern Utah. His 1975 novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, describing the exploits of a band of guerrilla environmentalists, inspired numerous real-life activists.
* * *▪ American authorborn January 29, 1927, Home, Pennsylvania, U.S.died March 14, 1989, Oracle, ArizonaAmerican 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 of the region, admitting “I have written much about a good many places. But the best places of all I have never mentioned.”Abbey's novel The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975) recounts the exploits of a band of guerrilla environmentalists; both it and Desert Solitaire became handbooks of the environmental movement. The strain of cynicism that runs through much of Abbey's writing is leavened by a bracing prose style and mischievous wit. His advice was unorthodox: “This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and animals. Stand up for the stupid and crazy. Take your hat off to no man.” And his opinions pithy: “Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.” His appreciation for the natural and distrust of machines and the modern state resonated through the 1960s, '70s, and beyond. After his death, he was buried as he had requested: in a sleeping bag, without embalming fluid or casket. His body was surreptitiously interred in an unmarked desert grave somewhere in Arizona.Among his many other works are The Brave Cowboy (1958), Slickrock (1971), Abbey's Road (1979), and The Fool's Progress (1988). Hayduke Lives!, a sequel to The Monkey Wrench Gang, was published posthumously in 1990. Confessions of a Barbarian: Selections from the Journals of Edward Abbey, 1951–1989, edited by David Petersen, was published in 1994.Additional ReadingBiographies include James Bishop, Jr., Epitaph for a Desert Anarchist: The Life and Legacy of Edward Abbey (1994); James M. Cahalan, Edward Abbey: A Life (2001); and Jack Loeffler, Adventures with Ed: A Portrait of Abbey (2002), an intimate biographical memoir by one of Abbey's closest friends. James R. Hepworth and Gregory McNamee (eds.), Resist Much, Obey Little: Remembering Ed Abbey (1996), contains personal remembrances by friends and fellow writers. Two critical studies of Edward Abbey are Garth McCann, Edward Abbey (1977); and Peter Quigley, Coyote in the Maze: Tracking Edward Abbey in a World of Words (1998).
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