Edward Abbey: A Voice in the Wilderness (video, 1993)
Produced and directed by Eric Temple.
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This is an excellent video documentary of
the life of Edward Abbey, a must for every dedicated fan. We get to meet Ed in some rare
footage, and hear his wife, friends and family talk about him. Check out the reviews.
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Many thanks to Eric Temple for donating a copy for review.
When Edward Abbey died in 1989 at the age of sixty-two, the American West lost one of
its most eloquent and passionate advocates. Through his novels, essays, letters and
speeches, Edward Abbey consistently voiced the belief that the West was in danger of being
developed to death, and that the only solution lay in the preservation of wilderness.
Abbey authored twenty-one books in his lifetime, including Desert Solitaire, The
Monkey Wrench Gang, The Brave Cowboy, and The Fool's Progress. His comic
novel The Monkey Wrench Gang helped inspire a whole generation of environmental
activism. A writer in the mold of Twain and Thoreau, Abbey was a larger-than-life figure
as big as the West itself.
This documentary, part biography, part tribute, is a look back at Abbey's life as
remembered by sixteen of his closest friends and family members. Images of the places
which Abbey loved and defended so fiercely are woven throughout the program. They include
Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Great Basin
National Park, and the Sonoran desert. Rare film clips and interviews with Abbey, combined
with over one hundred twenty rare and largely unpublished photographs offer an insightful
look into the personal life and philosophy of this iconoclastic writer. Edward Abbey: A
Voice in the Wilderness was produced over a two year period with the full cooperation
of Edward Abbey's family and estate.
Cover photo by Terrence Moore
"...a fine effort that captures much of the man's spirit through intelligent
storytelling and cinematography." "...the film is able to negotiate this voyage
without being slowed by hero worship, a common obstacle for Abbey biographers." -- Outside
"...[Abbey's] gift for eloquence resounds boldly, by photographs depicting the
intense beauty of the land he loved and so profusely wrote about.." -- Library
"...Well crafted.... an excellent biography of Abbey." -- Video Rating
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