The Thunderbird Volume VI, Number 3
Place Published: Albuquerque, NM
Publisher: University of New Mexico
Date Published: March, 1951
Book Id: 37507
34pp. Duodecimo [19 cm] Yellow stapled wrappers. Near fine. Very subtle bowing to covers.
Edward Abbey's time as editor of the UNM's literary magazine was short lived. Abbey had previously contributed poetry and classical music reviews, but this was Abbey's debut as the featured writer. Not only did he write an essay on anachy advocating students resisting the war and burning their draft cards during the Korean War, he published the oft quoted Diderot quote on the cover and attributed it to Louisa May Alcott! Abbey's efforts had the desired effect. The issue was seized and destroyed by the UNM officials and it would take a decade for the university to recover from Abbey's antics, and once again permit a literary journal to be published on campus. One of the scarcer and more desirable of Abbey's early ephemeral literary efforts. The essay, "Some Implications of Anarchy" features one Jonathan Troy, and was the basis for his master's thesis at UNM. Jonathan Troy went on to become the author's first published novel; an effort Abbey later referred to as failed Thomas Wolfe. Abbey never allowed Troy to be published again and it remains only in this form and in the rare first edition.