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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 29 January 1927Pennsylvania, USA
Date of Death 14 March 1989Tucson, Arizona, USA  (surgical complications)

Mini Bio (1)

Edward Abbey was born on January 29, 1927 in Pennsylvania, USA. He was a writer, known for Lonely Are the Brave (1962), Fire on the Mountain (1981) and The Monkey Wrench Gang. He died on March 14, 1989 in Tucson, Arizona, USA.

Trivia (3)

Lonely Are the Brave (1962) is from his novel "The Brave Cowboy". Try out "Desert Solitaire" and "The Monkey Wrench Gang". Inspiration for the non-violent (to humans) direct-action environmental movement. Funny, opinionated, romantic, anti-authoritarian, died too young. A defender of the American West. Kirk Douglas calls Lonely Are the Brave (1962) his favorite of all his films.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 1-3.
He was buried -- completely illegally, but in accordance with his expressed wishes -- at an unknown location in the Cabeza Prieta Desert, with no coffin, with a sleeping bag for a shroud, and with a funeral libation of whiskey poured over his body. His grave marker reads, "EDWARD PAUL ABBEY, 1927-1989. No Comment.". The location of his grave remains undisclosed.

Personal Quotes (5)

Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.
Society is like a stew. If you don't keep it stirred up, you get a lot of scum on top.
When a man's best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem.
I'd rather kill a man than a snake. Not because I love snakes or hate men. It is a question, rather, of proportion.
God bless America. Let's save some of it.

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