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Edward Abbey: A Life

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“The best biography ever about Ed. Cahalan’s meticulous research and thoughtful interviews have made this book the authoritative source for Abbey scholars and fans alike.” —Doug Peacock, author, environmentalist activist and explorer, and the inspiration for Hayduke in The Monkey Wrench Gang

He was a hero to environmentalists and the patron saint of monkeywrenchers, a man in love with desert solitude. A supposed misogynist, ornery and contentious, he nevertheless counted women among his closest friends and admirers. He attracted a cult following, but he was often uncomfortable with it. He was a writer who wandered far from Home without really starting out there. James Cahalan has written a definitive biography of a contemporary literary icon whose life was a web of contradictions. Edward Abbey: A Life sets the record straight on "Cactus Ed," giving readers a fuller, more human Abbey than most have ever known. It separates fact from fiction, showing that much of the myth surrounding Abbey—such as his birth in Home, Pennsylvania, and later residence in Oracle, Arizona—was self-created and self-perpetuated.

It also shows that Abbey cultivated a persona both in his books and as a public speaker that contradicted his true nature: publicly racy and sardonic, he was privately reserved and somber. Cahalan studied all of Abbey's works and private papers and interviewed many people who knew him—including the models for characters in The Brave Cowboy and The Monkey Wrench Gang—to create the most complete picture to date of the writer's life. He examines Abbey's childhood roots in the East and his love affair with the West, his personal relationships and tempestuous marriages, and his myriad jobs in continually shifting locations—including sixteen national parks and forests.

He also explores Abbey's writing process, his broad intellectual interests, and the philosophical roots of his politics. For Abbey fans who assume that his "honest novel," The Fool's Progress, was factual or that his public statements were entirely off the cuff, Cahalan's evenhanded treatment will be an eye-opener. More than a biography, Edward Abbey: A Life is a corrective that shows that he was neither simply a countercultural cowboy hero nor an unprincipled troublemaker, but instead a complex and multifaceted person whose legacy has only begun to be appreciated. The book contains 30 photographs, capturing scenes ranging from Abbey's childhood to his burial site.

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He was a hero to environmentalists, one of the most influential writers of our time. As author of Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang, Edward Abbey attracted a cult following but was often uncomfortable with it. James Cahalan has written a definitive biography of a contemporary literary icon whose life was a web of contradictions. Edward Abbey: A Life sets the record straight on "Cactus Ed," giving readers a fuller, more human Abbey than most have ever known.

"With a subject as mythic as Cactus Ed Abbey, separating fact from fiction requires the skills of a researcher like Cahalan--particularly because Abbey promoted much of the fiction himself. Affectionate but not besotted with his subject, Cahalan presents Abbey's strengths and shortcomings in equal light and without judgment, in the end clearing up many misunderstandings. . . . A beautifully rendered, sensitive and revealing work. The Abbey Cahalan presents--complex, contradictory and passionate in his convictions--fully deserves his larger-than-life status." --Publishers Weekly

"Cahalan has a bloodhound's nose and the patience of a cougar. He tells us where Abbey was on what date and with whom and why. He paints accurate and wonderful portraits of Abbey's parents, siblings, friends, and enemies. . . . [He] meticulously documents Abbey's singular life in all its common American squalor and uncommon glory." --Bloomsbury Review

"Thoroughly researched . . . Cahalan has unearthed some of Abbey's finest bons mots along the way. . . . He does an admirable job of correcting many of the misapprehensions surrounding Abbey's life, not the least of which were fostered by Abbey himself in the service of refining his own image." --New York Times Book Review

"Cahalan recounts the life fully and fairly, trusting readers to make up their own minds about his volatile subject." --Washington Post Book World

"Cahalan has dispensed with 'loose talk' in this fine biography, and takes an honest and straight-on look at the man who meant so much to so many. It's a pleasure to read." --Arizona Republic

About the Author:

Jim Cahalan is Professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches a course on the national parks and has received IUP's Distinguished Faculty Award for Research. He sponsored the Pennsylvania state historical marker for Edward Abbey in Home.

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