Wilderness Journals of Everett Ruess

Wilderness Journals of Everett Ruess

by W.L Rusho
     
 

I would like to be influenced, taken in hand by some one, but I don't think there is anyone in the world who knows enough to be able to advise me. I can't find my ideal anywhere. So I am rather afraid of myself."

—Everett Ruess, 29 May 1932 journal entry

Driven to the beauties of Nature, yet both enraptured and tormented by what he say and felt, young

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I would like to be influenced, taken in hand by some one, but I don't think there is anyone in the world who knows enough to be able to advise me. I can't find my ideal anywhere. So I am rather afraid of myself."

—Everett Ruess, 29 May 1932 journal entry

Driven to the beauties of Nature, yet both enraptured and tormented by what he say and felt, young Everett Ruess wandered alone through the High Sierras and across the scenic deserts of the Four Corners region. He made forays during warm seasons of the year beginning in 1930. Then in late 1934, not yet twenty-one years old, he mysteriously disappeared from the Escalante Canyon area of Southern Utah, and was never seen again.

While most of his lyrically written, essay-type letters are in print, his only existing journals—for 1932 and 1933—have never before been published. These journals were his companions, a place where he confided his joys, his regrets, his complaints, and his aspirations, as well as some exciting adventures. They also provide us with insight into Everett's deeper feelings toward the complexity, the frustrations, as well as the beauty of life.

W.L. Rusho is the editor of Everett Ruess: A Vagabond for Beauty (Gibbs Smith, Publisher) and is working on a forthcoming photographic essay book on Everett Ruess country.

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Booknews
Rusho edited Everett Ruess; A Vagabond for Beauty (1983); he continues his editing of the artist, writer, aesthete here with his journals of 1932/33 during sojourns in the Sierra and the Four Corners region. Includes of Ruess' photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879058630
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
08/27/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Introduction

In late 1934, when Everett Ruess was but twenty years old, the young artist, quixotic visionary, and budding writer mysteriously desappeared in the red-rock-canyon labyrinth south of Escalante, Utah. Since then, who he was, what he had done to merit so much attention, why he was bent on plunging into the remote and isolated region, and particularly, his ultimate fate, have puzzled a number of researchers, authors, and outdoors people.

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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