Author discusses his search for famed environmental writer
MIDDLEBURY — Norwich University Assistant Professor of English Sean Prentiss will read from and sign “Finding Abbey: The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave” at the Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury on Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m.
When the great environmental writer Edward Abbey died in 1989, four of his friends buried him secretly in a hidden desert spot that no one would ever find. The final resting place of the Thoreau of the American West remains unknown and has become part of American folklore.
In this book a young writer who went looking for Abbey’s grave combines an account of his quest with a creative biography of Abbey. Prentiss takes readers across the country as he gathers clues from his research, travel and interviews with some of Abbey’s closest friends — including Jack Loeffler, Ken “Seldom Seen” Sleight, David Petersen and Doug Peacock. Along the way, Prentiss examines his own sense of rootlessness as he attempts to unravel Abbey’s complicated legacy, raising larger questions about the meaning of place and home.
Winner of the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA) for History/Biography, the book recounts Prentiss searching for the ghost of Edward Abbey and then settling with his wife, Sarah, on a small lake in northern Vermont. The NOBA committee called “Finding Abbey” a “brilliant creative treat for us: a seeker’s quest in which we learn about Abbey (the sought after) and Prentiss (the seeker). It’s a warm-hearted and elegantly written work and simply a joy to read. And the grave? Does he find it? That’s the best surprise of all.”
Prentiss is a writer who focuses on creative and environmental essays and poems. He also publishes magazine articles and is the creative editor for Backcountry magazine. When he is not writing, traveling, canoeing, mountain biking or drinking a dark beer, Prentiss teaches at Norwich University. There he runs the Norwich University Writers Series and the Chameleon Literary Journal.
For more information, contact Jenny Lyons at 802-388-2061 or [email protected].
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