Albuquerque: University Of New Mexico Press, (2002). First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo; pp; x, 298, index; illustrated with photographs; burgundy cloth and brick paper covered boards, spine lettered in gilt in a pictorial dust jacket. Very good / very good. Item #18902
An inside look at a very complex man and a great writer. No writer has had a greater influence on the American West than Edward Abbey (1927-89), author of twenty-one books of fiction and nonfiction. This long-awaited biographical memoir by one of Abbey's closest friends is a tribute to the gadfly anarchist who popularized environmental activism in his novel The Monkey Wrench Gang and articulated the spirit of the arid West in Desert Solitaire and scores of other essays and articles. In the course of a twenty-year friendship Ed Abbey and Jack Loeffler shared hundreds of campfires, hiked thousands of miles, and talked endlessly about the meaning of life. To read Loeffler's account of his best pal's life and work is to join in their friendship.