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--From Everett's last letter to his brother Waldo before he disappeared, written November 11, 1934.
Everett Ruess developed a profound connection with the arid wilderness of the Southwest. Finding inspiration in this land of harsh beauty, Everett wandered, painted, and wrote; his letters revealed an intelligent and gifted young man who was most at home in desert canyons and rugged mountains. In one of his poems, "The Artist's Song of Inspiration," Everett wrote: "Nature has shown me what to strive for, and I shall not be slow to follow her." Everett did follow Nature, and in November of 1934, at the age of twenty, Everett followed her into the Escalante region of southern Utah and never returned.
On Desert Trails with Everett Ruess was teh first collection of Everett's writings and was originally published in 1940, six years after his disappearance. This commemorative edition once again makes available the writings that made Everett Ruess a wilderness legend.
Wherever poets, adventurers and wanderers of the Southwest gather, the story of Everett Ruess will be told. His name like woodsmoke, conjures far horizons.
Everett left Kayenta, Arizona, November 11, 1934, to write, paint and explore among a group of ancient Indian cliff dwellings. His last letter to his parents in Los Angeles explained that he would be unable to communicate for ten weeks. Alone with his paints, books and two burros, he disappeared into what is probably the most uninhabited, unvisited section of the United States.
He never came back.
Editor's Preface to the Commemorative Edition
Foreword by Randall Henderson
"Son!" by Stella Knight Ruess
"Say That I Kept My Dream" by Hugh Lacy
Where Everett Ruess Vanished
Poems and Letters by Everett Ruess
Letters and Poems 1933
What Became of Everett Ruess" by Hugh Lacy
Epilogue by W. L. Rusho
Afterword by Gary James Bergera
List of Illustrations