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Black Sun (Paperback)

Author: Edward Abbey
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1555662862
ISBN-13: 9781555662868
Sku: 33840566
Publish Date: 9/1/2003
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.5L x 0.5T
Age Range:  NA
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Edward Abbey's first love was to write fiction, and as so many of his friends pointed out, Black Sun was his own personal favorite book. It contains some of his most lyrical writing, and it is unusually gentle and introspective for him.
Author Bio
Edward Abbey
Abbey was born in the town of Indiana, Pennsylvania. After a brief military career (1945-1947) stationed in Naples, he attended the University of Pennsylvania, then at age 21 set off to see the American West, hitchhiking and riding the rails. He fell in love with the desert, a love that shaped his life and art for the rest of his life. Abbey was fond of Whitman's line: "Resist much, obey little", and wrote his master's thesis at the University of New Mexico on "Anarchism and the Morality of Violence". For 15 years in his 30s and 40s, he worked as a part-time ranger and fire lookout at several different national parks, and published DESERT SOLITAIRE in 1968 based on the experience. In all of his work--novels, essays, letters, and speeches--Abbey consistently voiced the belief that the West was in danger of being developed to death, and that the only solution lay in the preservation of wilderness. His most famous work, THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG (1975) featured a band of radical environmentalists attempting to fight back against the industrialization of nature; it is considered an inspiration for the radical environmental organization Earth First! He was married and divorced four times, and married his final wife in 1982; despite his belief the necessity of population control, he had a total of five children. Abbey died at 62 from complications from surgery, after four days of esophageal hemorrhaging. He requested that he be buried in an old sleeping bag, and left instructions that read: "I want my body to help fertilize the growth of a cactus or cliff rose or sagebrush or tree. If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture--that is immortality enough for me. And as much as anyone deserves." A lifelong environmentalist--called "the Thoreau of the American west" by Larry McMurtry--Abbey was also a famously difficult and uncompromising human being, but was greatly loved and revered by a vast audience.

John Treadwell Nichols attended Hamilton College, after which he worked as a blues singer, firefighter, dishwasher, greeting card artist and English teacher. He is best known for his New Mexico trilogy, which contains "The Milagro Beanfield War," "The Magic Journey," and "The Nirvana Blues."


New York Times Book Review
"Now comes a fine novel (actually Abbey's fourth), which is as simple and slim as a fable, haunting and sweet. I was afraid it might seem like a come-down [Desert Solitaire] but it does not....[This] is not a masterpiece like the other book. It's a treat, a light, indeterminate book, a stopover, almost perfectly written but with the beginning and the end left untold, in a career that should be more talked of." - Edward Hoagland 6/13/71
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