New afterword by Scott Slovic. This volume is the only book-length study that assesses the literary career of Edward Abbey. In a new chapter to this second edition, Ann Ronald celebrates Abbey's legacy of prose and the persona that charmed his readers, and recalls her own pleasures as a reader of his work. Scott Slovic provides an afterword that offers an assessment of Abbey's later works.
Ann Ronald is a hiker, wilderness advocate, creative writer, and literary critic who has been writing about the West for more than thirty years. Inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 2006, Ronald was named Foundation Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, and has written extensively about the American West and western American literature.