Everett Ruess: A Vagabond for Beauty/ Wilderness Journals Combination Edition

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He was one of the earth's oddlings—

one of the wandering few

who deny restraint and scorn inhibition.

His life was a quest

for the new and the fresh.

Beauty was a ...

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Overview

He was one of the earth's oddlings—

one of the wandering few

who deny restraint and scorn inhibition.

His life was a quest

for the new and the fresh.

Beauty was a dream.

He pursued his dream into

desert solitudes—

there with the singing wind to chant

his final song."

—Hugh Lacy in On Desert Trails

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586851644
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 6/17/2002
  • Edition description: 2 BKS IN 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

W. L. Rusho's is a historian and expert on the life of Everett Ruess. His first book on Ruess was published in 1985, and he authored two (four, six, eight?) more books on the subject. Lifetime sales of Everett Ruess: A Vagabond for Beauty, have been 20,000 plus.

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The Beauty and the Tragedy of Everett Ruess

In the mid-Depression year of 1934, Everett Ruess disappeared. His last known camp was in the Escalante River region of southern Utah, a place of bare rock, vertical cliffs, plunging canyons, and soaring bursts, but water itself is scarce. It is a land where earth tones are daily enflamed by the rising sun, change constantly as shadows creep about, diminish, and lengthen throughout the hours, ever contrasting with patterns of colored light. It is canyon country at its finest. As a young artist, Everett Ruess was irresistibly drawn to the Escalante River, not so much to paint and draw as to experience and to draw upon the experience to write, to articulate impressions and reactions, as he had done so often in northern Arizona and California. Everett disappeared before any of his written descriptions, in the form of letters, could be sent from the Escalante. His 1934 diary was never found.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Everett Ruess: A Vagabond for Beauty

Preface

Introduction

The Beauty and the Tragedy of Everett Ruess

The letters

1930

1932

1933

1934

Everett Ruess is Missing

Utah: Clues and Frustrations

Speculation in Navajoland

Wherever He May Be

To the End of the Horizon

Afterword

Notes

A Chronology 1914-1934

Wilderness Journals of Everett Ruess

Foreword

Introduction

Journals

Arizona, 1932

California, 1933

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Introduction

In November 1934, at age twenty, Everett Ruess mysteriously vanished into the barren Utah desert. His search for ultimate beauty and adventure is chronicled in two books joined in this volume: A Vagabond for Beauty is a remarkable collection of letters to friends and family written during his wanderings; Wilderness Journals of Everett Ruess excerpts passages from Everett's only existing journals - for 1932 and 1933.

These journals were his companions, a place where he confided his joys, regrets, complaints, and aspirations, as well as some exciting adventures. They also provide insight into Everett's deeper feelings toward the complexities and beauty of life.

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