is perhaps the best-known modern southwestern writer. Author of twenty
novels and essays, his name has become synonymous with the deserts of
Southwest and with radical environmentalism. Called "the Thoreau of the
American West," he is at once representative and atypical of the
covered here. Abbey's work veers from passionate paeans to the earth to
strident demands for its protection. The deserts and mountains of the
Southwest, which are at the core of Abbey's writing, are living
in the works of nearly all the authors assembled here.