This Land — Abbey, Carson, and Leopold

Flood Tide

Fly, swim, and stroll through the food web along the shores of the eastern seaboard as Carson takes us on a guided tour of the wildlife resident there—including Homo sapiens. Read “Flood Tide” in Under the Sea-Wind by Rachel Carson

A Writer’s Credo

Abbey lays out the foundation of his philosophy as a writer in this no-holds-barred exhortation to stand up and state your convictions — tell us what you really think. Credo is Latin for “I believe.” What follows is the writer’s… Read More ›

Eco-Defense

In this, his strongest statement for the protection of wilderness through monkeywrenching, ecoterrorism or, as he calls it, eco-defense, Abbey abandons fiction and bigger than life characters to proclaim revolution in the woods. First he masterfully argues for the right… Read More ›

The Monkey Wrench Gang Critique

The Monkey Wrench Gang is one of those rarities in literature: a novel that spawns a movement, literally comes to life. What William Gibson’s science fiction has done for cyberspace and virtual lives based on networked computing, Edward Abbey’s works… Read More ›

Strangers in the Night

Hayduke and Abbzug monkeywrench some of the equipment used in the clear-cutting operation. Under Bonnie’s distracted watch, Hayduke is surprised by none other than Jack Burns, Abbey’s ubiquitous cowboy hero. Read “Strangers in the Night” in The Monkey Wrench Gang… Read More ›

DESERT SOLITAIRE Critique

Much to the surprise, even dismay, of its author, Desert Solitaire has lived to become Edward Abbey’s best loved book. First published in 1968, it temporarily lapsed into obscurity before revivification by Simon & Schuster in 1971. It has lain… Read More ›