Friday 11 March 2016

Edward Abbey, 1927–1989 (American author and essayist)

* Edward Abbey was noted for his advocacy of environmental issues, criticism of public land policies, and anarchist political views. His best-known works include the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975), which has been cited as an inspiration by radical environmental groups, and the non-fiction work Desert Solitaire (1968) which describes his stay in the canyonlands of southeastern Utah from 1956-1957. Desert Solitaire is regarded as one of the finest nature narratives in American literature.

Edward Abbey died on 14 March 1989, at the age of 62, in his home in Tucson, Arizona.


BIRTH DATA: Edward Paul Abbey, 29 January 1927, 22:30 (10:30 PM) EST (+5), Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA (40n37, 79w09). ASC: 9 Libra. RR: AA (quoted birth records). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield cites birth certificate and baby book quoted in Edward Abbey: A Life by James M. Cahalan (University of Arizona, 2003), p. 3.

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