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Edward  Abbey
[1927-1989]

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Edward Paul 'Cactus Ed' Abbey was born 29 January 1927 in Pennsylvania,
and raised necessary hell in the wilderness
until his death 14 March 1989 near Tucson, Arizona.
Ed was a ranger at Arches in Utah in 1956 & 1957, which he wrote about in "Desert Solitaire" [1968].

author Larry McMurtry called Edward Abbey 'our Thoreau of The West’


Edward Abbey entry at Wikipedia
browse books at Edward Abbey Store at Amazon
Edward Abbey credits [since 1962] at Internet Movie Database

Quotations of Edward Abbey Page
at Working Minds Philosophy website

CL's Edward Abbey fansite
Edward Abbey papers at University of Arizona
Douglas Brinkley profile of Ed Abbey [NPR Weekend Edition Jan 2000]
Tucson Weekly article [Nov 95] by Luis Alberto Urrea
article by Wendell Berry [1985]
2-part article by James L. Cahalan
Pack Creek Guest Ranch in Moab, Utah {good friends of Ed}
Dave Foreman's Rewilding Institute [est. 2003] based in Albuquerque, NM
Glen Canyon Institute [est. 1996]


Edward  Abbey's  Fiction

Brave Cowboy novel by Edward Abbey   "The Brave Cowboy: An Old Tale In A New Time" [novel 1956]
Avon 8x5¼ pb [4/92] for $10.80
Univ NM Press 8x5½ pb [10/77] out of print/used
BooksOnTape audio [1/88] out of stock/used
Lonely Are The Brave movie directed by David Miller, starring Kirk Douglas  "Lonely Are The Brave" [May 1962]
Filmed around Albuquerque in New Mexico; directed by David Miller; script by [blacklistee] Dalton Trumbo, based on Abbey's 'The Brave Cowboy'; starring Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands & Walter Matthau • full credits from IMDb
Universal widescreen b&w DVD [7/2009] for $17.49
Universal b&w VHS [3/92] out of prodn/used
Fire On The Mountain novel by Edward Abbey  "Fire On The Mountain" [novel 1962]
listed among the 100 Best Books In New Mexico [Jan 2011]
Avon 8x5¼ pb [4/92] for $10.36
S.E.R. 8x5.3 hardcover [4/92] for $18.23
Avon mass mrkt pb [4/92] out of print/used
Avon pb [6/82] out of print/used
tv movie [aired on NBC Nov 1981]
Directed by Donald Wrye; script by John Sacret Young from Abbey's novel; starring Buddy Ebsen, Ron Howard, Julie Carmen & Rossie Harris, with Will Hare as Hayduke; music by Basil Poledouris
video not available; full credits from IMDb

Black Sun novel by Edward Abbey  "Black Sun" [novel 1971]
Johnson Books pb [9/2003] for $10.50
Avon pb [5/91] out of print/used
Capra Press 8½x5¾ pb [11/99] out of print/used
S&S hardcover [71] out of print/used
BooksOnTape audio [9/89] out of stock/used?
The Monkey Wrench Gang novel by Edward Abbey  "The Monkey Wrench Gang" [novel 1975]
Harper 8x5¼ pb [7/2000] for $11.20
McGraw-Hill pb [7/2000] for $12.10
Lippincott hardcover [8/75] out of print/used
BooksOnTape UNABR audio [7/88] for $89.99
BooksOnTape audio [1/75] out of stock/used
Monkey Wrench Gang book illustrated by R. Crumb  hardcover edition illustrated by Robert Crumb
Dream Garden Press 9x6 pb [3/85] out of print/many used

"The Monkey Wrench Gang" feature film [in development]  
more info below • latest production info at IMDb

Good News scifi novel by Edward Abbey  
"Good News" [scifi novel 1980]
E.P. Dutton 8x5¼ pb [1/91] for $11.20
E.P. Dutton pb [10/80] out of print/used
Fool's Progress novel by Edward Abbey  "The Fool's Progress: An Honest Novel" [1988]
Henry Holt 8¼x5½ pb [8/98] for $11.20
Avon 8x5¼ pb [7/90] out of print/used
Henry Holt hardcover [10/88] out of print/used
Hayduke Lives! novel by Edward Abbey  "Hayduke Lives!: A Novel" [1989]
{sequel to "The Monkey Wrench Gang"}

Little, Brown 8¼x5½ pb [9/91] for $11.16
Little, Brown hardcover [1/90] out of print/used
BooksOnTape UNABR audio [9/90] for $40.00

Non-Fiction  &  Collections

Postcards From Ed by Edward Abbey, edited by David Petersen   "Postcards From Ed: Dispatches & Salvos From An American Iconoclast" [2006]
Edited by David Petersen

Milkweed hardcover [8/2006] for $16.47
Desert Solitaire book by Edward Abbey  "Desert Solitaire: A Season In The Wilderness" [1968]
Ballantine pb [4/91] for $6.99
Univ AZ Press hardcover [5/88] for $27.97
BooksOnTape UNABR audio [2/88] for $65.99
online excerpt
paperback edition illustrated by Peter Parnall
Touchstone 8.4x5.4 pb [1/90] for $10.40
Abbey's Road essays by Edward Abbey  
"Abbey's Road" [1979]
Plume 8x5½ pb [1/91] for $10.50
Peter Smith Publng 8x5¼ hardcover [6/2002] out of print/rare
The Best of Edward Abbey   "The Best of Edward Abbey" [1984]
Edited by Edward Abbey

Sierra Club Books 8¼x5¼ 2nd edition pb [7/2005] for $11.86
Sierra Club Books 8¼x5½ pb [3/88] out of print/many used
Slumgullion Stew book by Edward Abbey   "Slumgullion Stew: An Edward Abbey Reader" [1984]
Dutton pb [11/84] out of print/used
Dutton hardcover [11/84] out of print/used
Confessions of A Barbarian / Journals of Edward Abbey edited by David Petersen  "Confessions of A Barbarian: Selections From The Journals of Edward Abbey, 1951‑1989" [1994] Edited by David Petersen
Little, Brown 8½x5½ pb [3/96] for $19.99
Little, Brown hardcover [11/94] out of print/used
Serpents of Paradise Reader book by Edward Abbey, edited by John Macrae  "The Serpents of Paradise: A Reader" [1995]
by Edward Abbey, edited by John Macrae

Henry Holt 8x5½ pb [5/96] for $11.20
Henry Holt 9½x6½ hardcover [2/95] out of print/used

Works  About  Edward  Abbey

The New West of Edward Abbey by Ann Ronald  "The New West of Edward Abbey" [1988]
by Ann Ronald

Univ NV Press 9x6 pb [12/1000] for $13.27
Univ NV Press hardcover [5/88] out of print/used
publisher bookpage
Life & Legacy of Edward Abbey by James Bishop, Jr.  "Epitaph for A Desert Anarchist: The Life & Legacy of Edward Abbey"
[1994] by James Bishop, Jr.

Touchstone 8½x5½ pb [10/95] for $16.50
Atheneum 8½x6 hardcover [6/94] out of print/used
Edward Abbey bio by James L. Cahalan   "Edward Abbey: A Life" [2001] by James M. Cahalan
Univ Arizona Press 9¼x6 pb [4/2003] for $16.98
Univ Arizona Press 9½x6½ hardcover [9/2001] for $23.35
Adventures With Ed Abbey by Jack Loeffler  "Adventures With Ed: A Portrait of Abbey" [2001]
Biographical memoir by Jack Loeffler

Kindle Edition from Univ NM Press [2003 edition] for $17.79 {sic}
Univ NM Press 9x6¼ pb [3/2003] for $17.79
Univ NM Press 9½x6 hardcover [11/2001] out of print/50+ used
Indians Cowboys Horses Dogs music album by Tom Russell  "Indians Cowboys Horses Dogs" album [2004]
by Tom Russell

includes the song "The Ballad of Edward Abbey"
Hightone Records audio CD [2/2004] for $11.99
Finding Abbey book by Sean Prentiss   "Finding Abbey: The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave" [2015]
by Sean Prentiss

When Edward Abbey died in 1989, four of his friends buried him secretly in the vast Sonora desert. In this book a young writer who went looking for Abbey's grave combines an account of his quest with a creative biography of Abbey, with interviews of some of Abbey's closest friends – Jack Loeffler, Ken 'Seldom Seen' Sleight, David Petersen, Doug Peacock. Author's attempt to unravel Abbey's complicated legacy raises larger questions about the meaning of place and home.
Kindle Edition from Univ New Mexico Press [3/2015] for $15.12
Univ New Mexico Press 8x5½ pb [5/2015] for $15.12
All The Wild That Remains book by David Gessner  
"All The Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and The American West" [2015] by David Gessner
Kindle Edition from W.W. Norton [4/2015] for $9.43
W.W. Norton & Co. 8¼x5½ pb [3/2016] for $12.68
W.W. Norton & Co. 9½x6½ hardcover [4/2015] for $17.99
Abbey in America book edited by John A. Murray  "Abbey In America: A Philosopher's Legacy In A New Century" [2015]
Edited by John A. Murray

Kindle Edition from Univ New Mexico Press [4/2015] for $39.95
Univ New Mexico Press 9x6¼ hardcover [6/2015] for $39.95

Edward  Abbey  Cinema
Edward Abbey credits [since 1962] at Internet Movie Database

"Lonely Are The Brave" [May 1962]
Lonely Are The Brave movie directed by David Miller, starring Kirk Douglas  Filmed around Albuquerque in New Mexico; directed by David Miller; script by [blacklistee] Dalton Trumbo, based on Abbey's 'The Brave Cowboy'; starring Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands & Walter Matthau
Universal widescreen b&w DVD [7/2009] for $14.99
Universal b&w VHS [3/92] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Fire On The Mountain" tv movie [aired on NBC Nov 1981]
Fire On The Mountain TV movie  Directed by Donald Wrye; script by John Sacret Young from Abbey's novel; starring Buddy Ebsen, Ron Howard, Julie Carmen & Rossie Harris, with Will Hare as Hayduke; music by Basil Poledouris
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits from IMDb

"Glen Canyon Damn" documentary [1982]
Distributed by Earth First! Roadshow in Summer 1982, full film includes rare interview with Edward Abbey;
produced by Christopher McLeod, Glenn Switkes & Randy Hayes • credits from IMDb
watch online excerpt [4:12] at Sacred Lands Film Project

"Abbey's Road" 29-minute TV movie [1982] /tt2323594/

"Earth First! The Politics of Radical Environmentalism" documentary 1987 /tt2179518/

"Edward Abbey: A Voice In The Wilderness"
documentary feature [indep 1993; revised 2006]
Edward Abbey Voice in the Wilderness docu film  hour-long color documentary film made in 1993 by Eric Temple, updated in 2006; DVDs were available online at Canyon Productions website {now gone} • full credits from IMDb
Victory/Tapeworm color VHS [10/93] out of prodn/used
Canyon Productions website is gone; base is now Highway 89 Media [est. 2011]

watch video [35:50 version] free at Vimeo

27-minute version broadcast on "Natural Heroes" syndicated series [Season 3, Episode 4 Oct 2007]
official episode page • credits from IMDb

"The Monkey Wrench Gang" feature film [in development?]  
Announced 9/2012: Producer Edward R. Pressman Film owns the exclusive film rights to Abbey’s 1975 book, which is in development
with Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman attached; Pressman's company is suing another filmmaker for infringing on those rights with a
'blatant rip-off' of the popular Edward Abbey novel; still listed on IMDb in 2015 • latest production info at IMDb

"Wrenched" docufilm [video release Oct 2014]
'Wrenched' docufilm about Edward Abbey  Directed by M.L. Lincoln; featuring Ilse Asplund, Charles Bowden, John De Puy, Tim
DeChristopher, Ingrid Eisenstadter, Dave Foreman, Katie Lee, Bob Lippman, Peg Millett,
Doug Peacock, Robert Redford, Craig Scott Rosebraugh, Ken Sanders, Kieran Suckling,
Paul Watson & Terry Tempest Williams, with archive footage of Edward Abbey
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available at Amazon • full credits at IMDb • official movie site
watch 4/2013 official trailer [2:50] online at YouTube

Friends  &  Family

close friend Jack Loeffler
close friend Doug Peacock
close friend David Petersen
close friend Ken 'Seldom Seen' Sleight

here on the Edward Abbey [1927-89] Page at 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Western Bookstore

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