Postcards from Ed: dispatches and salvos from an American iconoclast

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Milkweed Editions, Aug 23, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 296 pages
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“But hell, I do like to write letters. Much easier than writing books.” And write letters Ed Abbey did. In his famous — or infamous — 45-year career, Abbey’s cards and letters became as legendary as his books for their wit, vitriol, and ability to speak truth to power. Published here for the first time, the letters offer a fascinating, often hilarious glimpse into the mind of one of America’s most iconoclastic and beloved authors. No subject was too banal, too arcane, or too deep for Abbey to expound on: sex, cheerleaders, Mormons, Aspen, and the Bond girls are covered as gleefully as Stegner, Dylan, Chomsky, Buddhism, and betrayal. Whether scolding an editor to simplify (“I’ve had to waste hours erasing that storm of fly-shit on the typescript”) or skewering the chicken-hawk proponents of the war in Vietnam, Abbey’s righteous indignation gives hope and inspiration to a generation that desperately needs both.

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Review: Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast

User Review  - Kristen - Goodreads

What a fun read and insight into one of the great environmental heroes. Great book to read a bit of every day to remind yourself to speak your mind, stay true to what is important and fight the good fight until you have nothing left. Read full review

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User Review  - Toph White - Goodreads

Very interesting thoughts and reflections. Interesting to see his correspondence and friends. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Edward Abbey spent most of his life in the American Southwest. The author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including the much celebrated "Desert Solitaire", which decried the waste of America's wilderness, Abbey was one of the country's foremost defenders of the natural environment. He died in 1989.

David Petersen, who knew Abbey as a mentor and friend, is the literary editor of the Abbey estate. He lives in Colorado.

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