Finding Abbey

Finding Abbey

The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave

Paperback - 2015
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When the great environmental writer Edward Abbey died in 1989, four of his friends buried him secretly in a hidden desert spot that no one would ever find. The final resting place of the Thoreau of the American West remains unknown and has become part of American folklore. In this book a young writer who went looking for Abbey's grave combines an account of his quest with a creative biography of Abbey.

Sean Prentiss takes readers across the country as he gathers clues from his research, travel, and interviews with some of Abbey's closest friends'including Jack Loeffler, Ken ?Seldom Seen? Sleight, David Petersen, and Doug Peacock. Along the way, Prentiss examines his own sense of rootlessness as he attempts to unravel Abbey's complicated legacy, raising larger questions about the meaning of place and home.

Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2015.
ISBN: 9780826355911
Characteristics: pages cm


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AnnabelleLee27 Apr 11, 2017

I loved this quirky, thoughtful, and moving book by Sean Prentiss. He traces the life of the great environmentalist writer Edward Abbey ending with his burial in a secret desert gravesite. He succeeds in bringing a complicated (and conflicted) Abbey vividly to life through exploring place, wilderness, Abbey's writings, and interviewing Abbey's closest friends. During this odyssey, Prentiss also manages to bing to light his own personal attempts to find voice, place, purpose, and meaning in life. While Prentiss does not shy away from Abbey's controversial stances or actions, I did wish he could have delved more deeply into Abbey's issues around women both personally and within the larger environmental field. Perhaps an interview with a female writer, colleague, or partner? Overall, this book was an intimate and delightful tribute to Abbey and to personal adventure.

PimaLib_WilliamB Feb 17, 2016

Sean Prentiss will be an author at the Tucson Festival of Books in 2016! If you haven't read this book, it's a cool journey into the search not only for Edward Abbey (and his grave) but for the author's own meaning and fulfillment in life and as a writer. He should be a fascinating speaker. Fun, easy read of a book.


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