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Best Edward Abbey Books You Must Read

There are countless Edward Abbey courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Desert Solitaire (1990)

 Best Edward Abbey Books You Must ReadHailed by The New York Times as “a passionately felt, deeply poetic book,” the moving autobiographical work of Edward Abbey, considered the Thoreau of the American West, and his passion for the southwestern wilderness.Desert Solitaire is a collection of vignettes about life in the wilderness and the nature of the desert itself by park ranger and conservationist, Edward Abbey. The book details the unique adventures and conflicts the author faces, from dealing with the damage caused by development of the land or excessive tourism, to discovering a dead body. However…
Author(s): Edward Abbey

2. The Monkey Wrench Gang (P.S.) (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (2006)

 Best Edward Abbey Books You Must ReadEx-Green Beret George Hayduke has returned from war to find his beloved southwestern desert threatened by industrial development. Joining with Bronx exile and feminist saboteur Bonnie Abzug, wilderness guide and outcast Mormon Seldom Seen Smith, and libertarian billboard torcher Doc Sarvis, M.D., Hayduke is ready to fight the power—taking on the strip miners, clear-cutters, and the highway, dam, and bridge builders who are threatening the natural habitat. The Monkey Wrench Gang is on the move—and peaceful coexistence be damned! #17,319 in Books (See Top 100 in…
Author(s): Edward Abbey

3. Fire on the Mountain (2012)

 Best Edward Abbey Books You Must Read“The Thoreau of the American West.”—Larry McMurty, author of Lonesome Dove“Abbey is a fresh breath from the father reaches and canyons of the diminishing frontier.”—Houston Chronicle“One of the very best writers to deal with the American West.”—Washington PostA half-century after its original publication, Edward Abbey’s classic 1962 novel, Fire on the Mountain, still retains its beauty, power, and relevance. Now with a new introduction by New York Times bestseller Douglas Brinkley (The Wilderness Warrior, Walter Cronkite), this extraordinary tale by…
Author(s): Edward Abbey

4. The Best of Edward Abbey (2005)

 Best Edward Abbey Books You Must ReadThis is the only major collection of Abbey’s writings compiled by the author himself: in his own words, “to present what I think is both the best and most representative of my writing—so far.” It serves up a rich feast of fiction and prose by the singular American writer whom Larry McMurtry called “the Thoreau of the American West.”Devoted Abbey fans along with readers just discovering his work will find a mother lode of treasures here: generous chunks of his best novels, including The Brave Cowboy, Black Sun, and his classic The…
Author(s): Edward Abbey, Doug Peacock

5. Down the River (Plume) (1991)

 Best Edward Abbey Books You Must ReadDown the River is a collection of essays both timeless and timely. It is an exploration of the abiding beauty of some of the last great stretches of American wilderness on voyages down rivers where the body and mind float free, and the grandeur of nature gives rise to meditations on everything from the life of Henry David Thoreau to the militarization of the open range. At the same time, it is an impassioned condemnation of what is being done to our natural heritage in the name of progress, profit, and security. Filled with fiery dawns, wild and shining rivers, and radiant sandstone canyons, it is charged as well with heartfelt,…
Author(s): Edward Abbey

6. The Fool’s Progress: An Honest Novel (1998)

 Best Edward Abbey Books You Must ReadWhen his third wife abandons him in Tucson, boozing, misanthropic anarchist Henry Holyoak Lightcap shoots his refrigerator and sets off in a battered pick-up truck for his ancestral home in West Virginia. Accompanied only by his dying dog and his memories, the irascible warhorse (a stand-in for the “real” Abbey) begins a bizarre cross-country odyssey–determined to make peace with his past–and to wage one last war against the ravages of “progress.””A profane, wildly funny, brash, overbearing, exquisite tour de force.” — The Chicago Tribune #308,311 in Books…
Author(s): Edward Abbey

7. The Journey Home: Some Words in the Defense of the American West (Plume) (1991)

 Best Edward Abbey Books You Must ReadThe Journey Home ranges from the surreal cityscapes of Hoboken and Manhattan to the solitary splendor of the deserts and mountains of the Southwest. It is alive with ranchers, dam builders, kissing bugs, and mountain lions. In a voice edged with chagrin, Edward Abbey offers a portrait of the American West that we’ll not soon forget, offering us the observations of a man who left the urban world behind to think about the natural world and the myths buried therein.   Abbey, our foremost “ecological philosopher,” has a voice like no other. He can be wildly funny,…
Author(s): Edward Abbey

8. The Serpents of Paradise (1996)

 Best Edward Abbey Books You Must ReadThis book is different from any other Edward Abbey book. It includes essays, travel pieces and fictions to reveal Ed’s life directly, in his own words.The selections gathered here are arranged chronologically by incident, not by date of publication, to offer Edward Abbey’s life from the time he was the boy called Ned in Home, Pennsylvania, until his death in Tucson at age 62. A short note introduces each of the four parts of the book and attempts to identify what’s happening in the author’s life at the time. When relevant, some details of publishing history are provided. #832,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)…
Author(s): Edward Abbey

9. The Brave Cowboy: An Old Tale in a New Time (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (2016)

 Best Edward Abbey Books You Must ReadFrom acclaimed author and literary genius Edward Abbey comes this classic novel that inspired the motion picture Lonely Are The Brave—a stirring and unforgettable tribute to the American hero and the American West.The Brave Cowboy is a classic of modern Western literature. It follows Jack Burns, a loner at odds with modern civilization. He rides a feisty chestnut mare across the New West—a once beautiful land now smothered beneath airstrips and superhighways. An "anarchist cowboy," he lives by a personal code of ethics that sets him on a…
Author(s): Edward Abbey

10. Black Sun: A Novel (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (2014)

 Best Edward Abbey Books You Must ReadNow in a Harper Perennial Modern Classics edition, the timeless novel that chronicles a reckless romance in the wilderness, from Edward Abbey, one of America’s foremost defenders of the natural environment.Black Sun is a bittersweet love story involving an iconoclastic forest ranger and a freckle-faced “American princess” half his age. Like Lady Chatterley’s lover, he initiates her into the rites of sex and the stark, secret harmonies of his wilderness kingdom. She, in turn, awakens in him the pleasure of love. Then she mysteriously disappears, plunging him into…
Author(s): Edward Abbey

11. Abbey’s Road (Plume) (1991)

 Best Edward Abbey Books You Must Read“The natural world, as we call it, has already become remote, out of reach, mysterious, in the minds of urban and suburban Americans. They see the wilderness disappearing, slipping away, receding into an inaccessible past. But they are mistaken. That world can still be rescued… that is my main excuse for this book.”— You are about to visit some of the most exciting places on earth. Not the sort of excitement that makes morning headlines or the nightly news. Instead it is the excitement that comes from experiencing the natural…
Author(s): Edward Abbey

Best Edward Abbey Books You Must Read

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Abbey in America : a philosopher's legacy in a new century

Author(s): Abbey, Edward; Murray, John A
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press, Year: 2015, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1420465

Edwardians on Screen: From Downton Abbey to Parade’s End

Author(s): Katherine Byrne
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2015, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1481401

All the wild that remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West

Author(s): David Gessner
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Year: 2015, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2231796

Edwardian Cooking: 80 Recipes Inspired by Downton Abbey's Elegant Meals

Author(s): Larry Edwards
Publisher: Arcade Publishing, Year: 2012, Size: 6 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1116165

Edwardian Cooking: The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook

Author(s): Larry Edwards
Publisher: Arcade Publishing, Year: 2012, Size: 6 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1684001

The Best of Edward Abbey

Author(s): Edward Abbey
Publisher: RosettaBooks, Year: 2011, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2231794

Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

Author(s): Edward Abbey
Publisher: RosettaBooks, Year: 2011, Size: 491 Kb, Download: mobi
ID: 2231795

Nature's Kindred Spirits: Aldo Leopold, Joseph Wood Krutch, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard, and Gary Snyder

Author(s): James I. McClintock
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press, Year: 1994, Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1324669

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