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On Desert Trails With Everett Ruess

Ruess, Everett

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ISBN 10: 0879058250 / ISBN 13: 9780879058258
Published by Gibbs Smith Publishers, Layton, Utah, U.S.A., 2000
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Commemorative Edition, introduction by Hugh Lacy and a forward by Randall Henderson, Edited and with an afterword by Gary James Bergera and Epilogue by W. L. Rusho. Text has some underlining. Spine is not creased and cover corners are bumped. Bookseller Inventory BS/ME2224. Bookseller Inventory # 002224

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Title: On Desert Trails With Everett Ruess

Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers, Layton, Utah, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Good

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9X12 In, 96 Pp, 45 Black & White Illustrations We Are Proud To Introduce This Handsome Commemorative Edition of On Desert Trails With Everett Ruess (First Introduced In Our 60, 000 Copy A Vagabond For Beauty), Which Was Originally Published In 1940 and Has Since Become A Collector's Item. The Poetry, Letters, and Artwork Contained In This Book Reveal The Adventurous Young Artist Who Loved The Arid Wilderness and Disappeared Into The Desert of Southern Utah. To The Original Book We Have Added Many Photographs of Ruess On The Trail, Along With Others Taken By Ruess of The Land That So Inspired Him. A Special Appenidx Tells The Salt Lake Tribune's Account of Its 1935 Expedition To Southern Utah In Search of Everett Ruess.

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"As to when I shall visit civilization again, it will not be soon, I think. I have not tired of the wilderness; rather I enjoy its beauty and the vagrant life I lead, more keenly all the time. I prefer the saddle to the streetcar and star-sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading into the unknown, to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by cities. Do you blame me then for staying here, where I feel that I belong and am one with the world around me?" --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.

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