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By John A. Murray

More than twenty-five years after his dying, iconic author and nature activist Edward Abbey (1927-1989) continues to be an influential presence within the American environmental move. Abbey's most sensible recognized works stay generally learn and encourage discourse at the key concerns dealing with modern American society, relatively with admire to urbanization and know-how. Abbey in America, released 40 years after Abbey's renowned novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, gains an all-star record of members, together with newshounds, authors, students, and of Abbey's most sensible acquaintances as they discover Abbey's principles and legacy via their special literary, own, and scholarly perspectives.

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Cover image: A detail of a 6 × 6-inch engraving of Edward Abbey entitled The River Rat by John A. Murray © 2014. Designed by Lisa Tremaine This book is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Maria Santos Gorrostieta Salazar (1976–2012) of Tiquicheo, Michoacán, Mexico, and all those courageous activists, journalists, and authors around the world who have been silenced in recent years for speaking the truth to power, as Edward Abbey, a great humanist, consistently did throughout his life and literary career.

One of his final acts was to travel to Minnesota, in order to explore a new country. Had the naturalist and philosopher continued westward he would have eventually reached the Upper Missouri of Lewis and Clark, George Caitlin, and John James Audubon. Granted a normal life-span, Thoreau might have produced a significant work on the Yellowstone headwaters and the northern Rockies, as the restless, eastern-raised Muir later did on the Range of Light. A century later, Krutch, who wrote an influential biography of Thoreau (1948), similarly stood opposed to what he called the “secular Calvinism” of the contemporary era.

M. A. Screech (London: Penguin, 1993), 157. 6. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle (London: Collins Press, 1970), 513. 7. Edward Abbey, “A Writer’s Credo,” in One Life at a Time, 165. 8. Qtd. in A. N. Wilson, Tolstoy (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1988), 46. 9. Edward Abbey, “Back of Beyond,” in Abbey’s Road, 53. 10. Edward Abbey, “The Outback,” in Abbey’s Road, 40. 11. Edward Abbey, Confessions of a Barbarian: Selections from the Journals of Edward Abbey, 1951–1989, ed. David Petersen (Boulder, CO: Johnson Books, 2003), 255.

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