Showing his sense of humor he left a message for anyone who asked about his final words: "No comment. It's hard for me to stay serious for more than half a page at a time. "I want my body to help fertilize the growth of a cactus or cliff rose or sagebrush or tree.
His best-known works include the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang which has been cited as an inspiration by radical environmental groups and the non-fiction work Desert Solitaire. Edward Paul Abbey (January 29 1927 – March 14 1989) was an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues criticism of public land policies and anarchist political views.