Abbey in America : a philosopher's legacy in a new century by John A. Murray

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By John A. Murray

More than twenty-five years after his demise, iconic author and nature activist Edward Abbey (1927-1989) is still an influential presence within the American environmental flow. Abbey's top recognized works remain broadly learn and encourage discourse at the key concerns dealing with modern American society, fairly with recognize to urbanization and know-how. Abbey in America, released 40 years after Abbey's renowned novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, good points an all-star checklist of members, together with newshounds, authors, students, and of Abbey's most sensible pals as they discover Abbey's rules and legacy via their particular literary, own, and scholarly perspectives.

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35 A generation before Abbey arrived in New Mexico and made his way to Taos, the English modernist writer D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930) resided in Taos for three productive years (1922–1925). After he died, his ashes were brought from Europe and buried in a nearby chapel. Before moving to the Southwest, Lawrence wrote a seminal essay (“The Spirit of Place” [1918]) about the relationship between landscape and the human experience. It was a subject that fascinated him. He composed his Studies in American Literature (1923) during the Taos period, when he lived in a creative community that included the Taos Society, a group of artists that flourished between 1912 and 1927.

1954– editor. 54—DC23 2014033717 “Abbey’s Road,” by Edward Hoagland, first appeared in the New York Times (1990) and was later included in Hoagland on Nature: Essays (New York: Lyons Press, 2003). “On the Edge with Edward Abbey, Charles Ives, and the Outlaws,” by Charles Bowden, was published in excerpted form in High Country News (October 13, 2014). John A. Murray’s book review of Abbey’s last book The Fool’s Progress, included in the appendix, was published in the Bloomsbury Review (March/April 1989).

David Petersen (Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed, 2006), 127. 23. Edward Abbey, introduction to Abbey’s Road, xvi. 24. Edward Abbey to Alston Chase, December 16, 1987, in Postcards from Ed, 224–25. 25. George Packer, “Cheap Words,” New Yorker, February 17 and 24, 2014. 26.

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