Edward Abbey Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What is the explanation of Edward Abbey’s failure to find “divinity” in natural landscape in the West?

At what is Abbey’s anger directed in Desert Solitaire? Is it under control and therefore effective?

Judging from this essay or your familiarity with Abbey’s later writings, how do you account for the decline in his work after Desert Solitaire?

Some people consider puns and word play a low and weak form of humor. Is this true of Abbey’s assertion “I am not an atheist, but an earthiest”?

Desert Solitaire is not found among the many books for sale in the shop at Arches National Park. What could account for this apparently purposeful exclusion? Is it justifiable?

To what extent is Abbey a kindred spirit of Henry David Thoreau?