Environment and Literary Criticism

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Abbey in America: A Philosopher's Legacy in a New Century

Edited by John A. Murray

More than twenty-five years after his death, iconic writer and nature activist Edward Abbey (1927–1989) remains an influential presence in the American environmental movement. Abbey’s best known works continue to be widely read and inspire discourse on the key issues facing contemporary American society, particularly with respect to urbanization and technology. Abbey in America, published forty years after Abbey’s popular novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, features an all-star list of contributors, including journalists, authors, scholars, and two of Abbey’s best friends, as they explore Abbey’s ideas and legacy through their unique literary, personal, and scholarly perspectives.


John A. Murray is the author of forty-five books, including Cinema Southwest: An Illustrated Guide to the Movies and Their Locations, which received the Southwest Book Award, and Mythmakers of the West: Shaping America’s Imagination, which received the Colorado Book Award. He was the founding editor of the world nature series for Oxford University Press and of the American Nature Writing annual for Sierra Club Books. Among his books is Writing About Nature: A Creative Guide, also available from the University of New Mexico Press.


“For the Abbey or Southwestern literary completest . . . a collection of writings about Abbey that makes for a great additional reader.”


Arizona Daily Sun

“Respected environmental scholar John Murray gathers a diverse cast of contributors to reflect on the enduring influence of Edward Abbey. . . . This well-conceived book will find an audience among those studying the American West and its literary culture. . . . Highly recommended.”



“(Edward Abbey’s) creative spirit lives on, as this collection of essays clearly demonstrates.”



6 x 9 in. 232 pages 16 halftones