The Serpents of Paradise: A Reader

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From boyhood in Home, Pennsylvania, to his death in Tucson, Arizona, in 1989, this book offers - in Abbey's own words - the world of an American original. Whether writing fact or fiction, Abbey was always an autobiographer. Each of the thirty-five selections presented here, arranged chronologically by date of incident (not of publication), demonstrates that Abbey was passionately, insistently his own man. As poet-farmer Wendell Berry puts it: "He remains Edward Abbey, speaking as and for himself, fighting, literally, for dear life ... for the survival not only of nature, but of human nature, of culture, as only our heritage of works and hopes can define it." To speak for the voiceless was his mission. He was a virtuoso of the well-phrased thought in which style and content, symbol and meaning - each imbued with humor - come together to defy the powerful, reminding us always that preservation of wild nature is a key to a free spirit. And along with Emerson and Thoreau, Abbey, the uncompromising stylist, knew that the corruption of language follows the corruption of man. "Language, " Abbey wrote, "seeks to transcend itself, 'to grasp the thing that has no name.'"

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"The announcement of a new Abbey book, whether essays or fiction, stirs a personal craving no other current American writer can satisfy." --Los Angeles Book Review

"Abbey was a true independent, a self-declared extremist and 'desert mystic, ' and a hell of a good writer. . . . John Macrae has wisely chosen to organize these outstanding essays, travel pieces, and works of fiction to parallel events in Abbey's unusual life." --Booklist

"A record as important and lovely as Muir's and Thoreau's." --William McKibben, author of The End of Nature

"A splendid summary of his best work. . . . Anyone who doesn't already know his work will find this volume, culled from more than a dozen books of fiction and nonfiction, an addictive introduction." --Publishers Weekly

"Abbey was many things as a writer, and his longtime editor, John Macrae, has put together a collection which follows the course of Abbey's life through his own work. It is a clever way to anthologize a talent who is impossible to pigeonhole. . . . A fine introduction to a writer who seems certain to endure and is, undeniably, an American original." --Geoffrey Norman, American Way

"Abbey's work is a kind of blessed voice in the wilderness any way you take it, and a precious figure in our lethal time." --W.S. Merwin

"The Serpents of Paradise is without question the best Abbey reader." --David Petersen, editor of Confessions of a Barbarian: Selections from the Journals of Edward Abbey, 1951-1989

About the Author:

Edward Abbey was born in 1927 in Pennsylvania. He earned graduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of New Mexico. He wrote Desert Solitaire while working as a Park Ranger in Utah. He is also the author of The Monkey Wrench Gang, Abbey's Road, and The Journey Home, among others. He died in March 1989.

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