Edward Paul Abbey began keeping a personal journal in 1946, viewing it as an important resource in his hoped-for career as "a writer of creative fictions." He was nineteen at the time, serving as an army motorcycle cop in postwar Italy. Abbey continued the practice of writing to himself until days before his death on March 14, 1989. The product of those four-plus decades of "scribbling" (his term,) was twenty cursive volumes kept in eight-by-ten and five-by-seven notebooks.
- From Confessions of a Barbarian: Selections from the Journals of Edward Abbey, 1951 - 1989, edited by David Petersen