Confessions of a Barbarian: Selections from the Journals of Edward Abbey

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David Petersen
Big Earth Publishing, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 418 pages
Edward Abbey was an anarchist, activist, philosopher, and the spiritual father of the environmental movement. He was also a passionate journal keeper, a man who filled page after page with notes, philosophical musings, character sketches, illustrations, musical notations, and drawings. His "scribbling," as he called it, began in 1948, when he served as a motorcycle MP in postwar Italy, and continued until his death in 1989, totaling twenty-one volumes.

Few have cared more about American wilderness than the irascible Cactus Ed. Author of eco-classics such asThe Monkey Wrench GangandDesert Solitaire, Edward Abbey reveals all his rough-hewn edges and passionate beliefs in this witty, outspoken, maddening, and sometimes brilliant selection of journal entries that takes the writer from his early years as a park ranger and would-be literary author up to his death in 1989. Also included is a detailed index and original sketches made by Abbey himself.

 

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CONFESSIONS OF A BARBARIAN: Selections from the Journals of Edward Abbey, 1951-1989

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Somehow it's not surprising to see Cactus Ed (Hayduke Lives!, 1990, etc.) roar back into view, returned from his last resting place under a rock in a lost desert canyon, to fire invective and ... Read full review

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Notorious writer Abbey (The Monkeywrench Gang, Desert Solitaire) kept a journal from the age of 19 until a few days before his death in 1989. Selected and edited by friend and environmental writer ... Read full review

Contents

November 1951 to April 1952
1
The Spanish Journal December 1951 to January 1952
57
June 1952 to August 1953
95
September 1953 to July 1956
117
August 1956 to November 1957
143
January 1958 to November 1960
155
February 1961 to November 1962
185
December 1962 to July 1966
195
October 1977 to September 1979
271
November 1979 to May 1983
287
A Walk in the Desert Hills December 1981
307
June 1983 to August 1985
325
September 1985 to January 1988
345
January 1988 to March 1989
363
Postscript
377
Edward Abbey Talks about Writing
383

September 1966 to April 1968
215
May 1968 to November 1973
233
February 1974 to October 1977
253

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