The Serpents of Paradise A Reader

Edward Abbey; Edited by John Macrae

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The Serpents of Paradise collects the best and most inflammatory writings of the late naturalist, environmentalist, and libertarian, a former National Park ranger and the author of Desert Solitaire, The Journey Home, and many other works. It offers students the perfect introduction to the thought of one of our most influential environmentalists.


Praise for The Serpents of Paradise

"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, and addictive introduction."—Publishers Weekly

"Praise this earth for Edward Abbey . . . The announcement of a new Abbey book, whether essays or fiction, stirs a personal craving no other current American writer can satisfy."—Los Angeles Times 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

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  • Edward Abbey; Edited by John Macrae

  • 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.