The Brave Cowboy (1956)
An excellent short novel
about an "anarchist cowboy" who gets himself arrested
so that he can bust his draft-resister buddy out of jail. It
doesn't quite work out as planned, but no spoilers here. Abbey is
every bit as cantankerous in this early book as he was later.
This was made into a pretty good movie by and with Kirk Douglas, Lonely Are The Brave. Kirk regards
this film as his best film ever.
This book is now available in a limited edition of 500 copies, with signed
introduction by Kirk Douglas and photographs from the film.
Garden Press for more information.
Although largely ignored by the critics when it was first
published in 1956, The Brave Cowboy has since
attained the status of a minor classic of Western literature.
Set in a thinly disguised Albuquerque, New Mexico, this
anarchist fable is perhaps best known as the source of the
superb "adult western" movie Lonely Are the Brave.
The hero, Jack Burns, is a loner who refuses to accept
the tyranny of life in the twentieth century. He rides his
horse down the main street of Duke City and refuses to carry
a draft card or any other form of identification. Burn's
stubborn adherence to the values of the Old West makes him
intolerable to the forces of law and order that control the
"The Brave Cowboy is, from almost any
point of view, a fine novel. . . . Its style is clear and
straightforward, and as a suspense story it builds to a
nearly unbearable intensity. Part of the book's success as a
work of art, I think, derives from the author's unobtrusive
but subtly effective use of symbols. . . . The cowboy's
flight from captivity in a grubby jail cell to the pure
freedom of the beckoning mountains is a symbolic journey that
most men, at one time or another, desire to make." --
William T. Pilkington
Library of Congress Data
Abbey, Edward, 1927-
The brave cowboy; an old tale in a new time. New York, Dodd, Mead 
277 p. 21 cm.
LC CALL NUMBER: PZ4.A124 Br
LCCN: 56-10061 L
Abbey, Edward, 1927-
The brave cowboy : an old tale in a new time / Edward Abbey ; introd. by
Neal Lambert. Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press,  c1956.
xiii, 277 p. ; 21 cm.
LC CALL NUMBER: PZ4.A124 Br7 *NOT IN LC COLLECTION* (ALTERNATE CLASS PS3551.B2)
SERIES TITLES (Indexed under SERI option):
A Zia book
DEWEY DEC: 813/.5/4
Reprint of the ed. published by Dodd, Mead, New York.
ISBN: 0826304486 : $3.95
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