By John A. Murray
More than twenty-five years after his loss of life, iconic author and nature activist Edward Abbey (1927-1989) is still an influential presence within the American environmental circulation. Abbey's top recognized works stay largely learn and encourage discourse at the key concerns dealing with modern American society, rather with appreciate to urbanization and expertise. Abbey in America, released 40 years after Abbey's well known novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, positive factors an all-star checklist of members, together with newshounds, authors, students, and of Abbey's top associates as they discover Abbey's rules and legacy via their precise literary, own, and scholarly perspectives.
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4 Death, to Abbey, was not the first question, as it was for the French philosopher Albert Camus, who made that statement the opening sentence of The Myth of Sisyphus (1943), but rather the last. In that affirmative spirit, Abbey chose Thoreau’s deathbed observation, “One world at a time, please” as the title for his last collection of essays (1988). ”5 Abbey chose his literary exemplar well—Shakespeare was also a close reader of Montaigne’s book (1588) and borrowed from him freely. Scholars have linked phrases and passages in The Tempest (1610) and Hamlet (1599) to Montaigne’s essays.
5 Abbey chose his literary exemplar well—Shakespeare was also a close reader of Montaigne’s book (1588) and borrowed from him freely. Scholars have linked phrases and passages in The Tempest (1610) and Hamlet (1599) to Montaigne’s essays. Like Montaigne, Shakespeare, and Thoreau, Abbey was committed to apprehending the truth and communicating whatever objective certainties could be established by reason to his readers, who he considered his friends. Abbey’s relationships with the authoritative hierarchies of his era—political, social, economic, literary, religious, academic—are best summarized in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s observation in In the First Circle (1968): “A great writer is, so to speak, a second government in his country.
212. 5. Michel de Montaigne, “On the Affection of Fathers for Their Children,” in The Essays: Selections, trans. 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.