James M. Cahalan (essay date fall 1996)
SOURCE: Cahalan, James M. “Edward Abbey, Appalachian Easterner.” Western American Literature 31, no. 3 (fall 1996): 233-53.
[In the following essay, Cahalan discusses how Abbey's Eastern roots—including his experiences in Appalachia—contributed to his identity as a Western writer.]
Edward Abbey is part of a long tradition of western writers from the East.1 By focusing on Abbey's Appalachian roots, I want to extend his status—already well established in western literature—and emphasize...
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