Edward Abbey

A while back, my friend and sponsor, Tom Karnuta, introduced me to Edward Abbey.  Although I was familiar with Kirk Douglas’ movie “Lonely are the Brave”, I didn’t realize it was based on Abbey’s story “The Brave Cowboy”.  So I have slowly been exploring the works of Edward Abbey.

Last summer I picked up some books at a garage sale in Minnesota.  Included in the lot was “A Canyon Voyage: The Narrative Of The Second Powell Expedition” by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh.  This is a book I had been looking for as a companion to Powell’s book on his first trip down the Green and Colorado rivers through the Grand Canyon.


As I pursued my new acquisitions, I was surprised to see this book had a nice dedication written inside the cover.  Apparently a woman had purchased the book for her “beloved husband” and had it inscribed “To Benedicto” by Edward Abbey.  The picture below is the inscribed page:


This prose sends a shiver down my spine as I recall my voyages down the mighty Green river through Labyrinth canyon in Utah.  For those of you who know Abbey’s works, I hope you enjoy this little piece of history.  For those of you who don’t know Edward Abbey, I encourage you to join me in exploring his works!

About Gabe the Shootist

I am retired from public service, a trained gunsmith, pump mechanic, an old pipeliner, passable electrician, carpenter, truck driver, amateur blacksmith, proof reader, experienced hunter, shooter, reloader, avid canoeist, Renaissance man, jack of all trades, all around good guy (with the caveat: I won't be insulted, lied to or laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them.).
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2 Responses to Edward Abbey

  1. Nathan Blanchard says:

    Check out “Black Sun”, Too bad much of his work got misrepresented by left wing environmental groups.

  2. David Veale says:

    Abbey was brilliant — loved every book of his I’ve ever read (and decided to use a quote of his in the title of my blog as well!).

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