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The Resource The red caddy : into the unknown with Edward Abbey, Charles Bowden ; foreword by Luis Alberto Urrea

The red caddy : into the unknown with Edward Abbey, Charles Bowden ; foreword by Luis Alberto Urrea

Label
The red caddy : into the unknown with Edward Abbey
Title
The red caddy
Title remainder
into the unknown with Edward Abbey
Statement of responsibility
Charles Bowden ; foreword by Luis Alberto Urrea
Creator
Contributor
Author
Writer of supplementary textual content
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A passionate advocate for preserving wilderness and fighting the bureaucratic and business forces that would destroy it, Edward Abbey (1927-1989) wrote fierce, polemical books such as Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang that continue to inspire environmental activists. In this eloquent memoir, his friend and fellow desert rat Charles Bowden reflects on Abbey the man and the writer, offering up thought-provoking, contrarian views of the writing life, literary reputations, and the perverse need of critics to sum up 'what he really meant and whether any of it was truly up to snuff.' The Red Caddy is the first literary biography of Abbey in a generation. Refusing to turn him into a desert guru, Bowden instead recalls the wild man in a red Cadillac convertible for whom liberty was life. He describes how Desert Solitaire paradoxically 'launched thousands of maniacs into the empty ground' that Abbey wanted to protect, while sealing his literary reputation and overshadowing the novels that Abbey considered his best books. Bowden also skewers the cottage industry that has grown up around Abbey's writing, smoothing off its rougher (racist, sexist) edges while seeking 'anecdotes, little intimacies...pieces of the True Beer Can or True Old Pickup Truck.' Asserting that the real essence of Abbey will always remain unknown and unknowable, The Red Caddy still catches gleams of 'the fire that from time to time causes a life to become a conflagration.'" -- Dust jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
TxU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-2014
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bowden, Charles
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3551.B2
LC item number
Z595 2018
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Urrea, Luis Alberto
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Abbey, Edward
  • Authors, American
  • Novelists, American
  • Environmentalists
Label
The red caddy : into the unknown with Edward Abbey, Charles Bowden ; foreword by Luis Alberto Urrea
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
sky289996084
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
101 pages
Isbn
9781477315798
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2017039368
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
jtv 05/18
Label
The red caddy : into the unknown with Edward Abbey, Charles Bowden ; foreword by Luis Alberto Urrea
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
sky289996084
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
101 pages
Isbn
9781477315798
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2017039368
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
jtv 05/18

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