Author Edward Abbey was remembered upon his death as an ardent environmentalist whose writings decried paved roads and billboards in the desert Southwest.

The man author Larry McMurtry dubbed "the Thoreau of the American West" died March 14, 1989, at age 62 at his home of internal bleeding, said Jack Macrae, a friend who is editor-in-chief of Henry Holt and Co.Abbey wrote 19 books, fiction and non-fiction, including the 1975 novel "The Monkey Wrench Gang," a story of radical environmentalists who plot the destruction of Glen Canyon Dam in northern Arizona. Two of his books were made into movies: "The Brave Cowboy," from which came the 1962 Western, "Lonely are the Brave," starring Kirk Douglas, and "Fire on the Mountain" in 1981.

Macrae's company published Abbey's most recent book, "The Fool's Progress," a novel detailing the travels of an introspective man.

Abbey called the work his "fat masterpiece," Macrae said.

The author dreamed of returning the West to a pristine setting, and bemoaned its adulteration by the cement and asphalt of civilization.

"I'd like to see the whole American West made into a wilderness," he said in a 1987 interview with The Associated Press.

His works included "Desert Solitaire," "Beyond the Wall: Essays from the Outside," "The Journey Home: Some Words in Defense of the American West" and "One Life at a Time, Please."

His agent, Don Congdon, said Abbey had been finishing a sequel to "The Monkey Wrench Gang" called "Hayduke Lives!" He said the book could be published in 1990.