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Edward Abbey 1927-1989 What entertains many and exasperates others is Abbeys unique prose voice Alternately misanthropic and sentimental enraged and hilarious it is the voice of a full-blooded man airing his passionsPeter Carlson People Magazine Edward Abbey was born January 29 1927 in Indiana Pennsylvania around the village of Home Today if you travel down Route 119 10 miles north of Indiana you can find a state historical marker commemorating Edward adjacent to the Home village marker As a child he was the oldest of five children Because he grew up during the Great Depression his family was poor His father held many different jobs while his mother taught school and played the organ in church Edward enjoyed writing his own comic books His literally talents began at an early age During high however he failed journalism twice Before he joined the Army in 1943-47 Edward decided to travel around the country He hitchhiked out west where he saw the many different landscapes for the first time He then was stationed in Naples Italy After returning home from the army he first attended college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania then University of New Mexico where he wrote his masters thesis on Anarchism and the Morality of Violence He then finally ended up attending the University of Edinburgh in Scotland Through his schooling his academic studies concentrated on Philosophy but he was also interested in anarchism Edward Abbeys true passion was the American West especially the desert He wrote about his love for the west and the environment Most people considered him a radical on environmental issues but he considered himself just an author His first two books were Jonathan Troy 1954 and The Brave Cowboy 1956 where he wrote about the traditional western hero and his struggles Abbeys reputation started to grow when he wrote his first non-fiction work about Arches National Monument In Desert Solitaire 1968 he
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