Everett Ruess: His Short Life, Mysterious Death, and Astonishing Afterlife by Philip L. FradkinEverett Ruess: His Short Life, Mysterious Death, and Astonishing Afterlife by Philip L. Fradkin

Everett Ruess: His Short Life, Mysterious Death, and Astonishing Afterlife

byPhilip L. Fradkin

Hardcover | August 29, 2011

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Everett Ruess was twenty years old when he vanished into the canyonlands of southern Utah, spawning the myth of a romantic desert wanderer that survives to this day. It was 1934, and Ruess was in the fifth year of a quest to record wilderness beauty in works of art whose value was recognized by such contemporary artists as Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and Edward Weston. From his home in Los Angeles, Ruess walked, hitchhiked, and rode burros up the California coast, along the crest of the Sierra Nevada, and into the deserts of the Southwest. In the first probing biography of Everett Ruess, acclaimed environmental historian Philip L. Fradkin goes beyond the myth to reveal the realities of Ruess’s short life and mysterious death and finds in the artist’s astonishing afterlife a lonely hero who persevered.
Philip L. Fradkinis the author of twelve highly praised books, includingWallace Stegner and the American WestandThe Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906: How San Francisco Nearly Destroyed Itself, and (with Alex L. Fradkin)The Left Coast: California on the Edge, all from UC Press.
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Title:Everett Ruess: His Short Life, Mysterious Death, and Astonishing AfterlifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.99 inPublished:August 29, 2011Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520265424

ISBN - 13:9780520265424

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Table of Contents

I. Davis Gulch
II. Wanderers
III. The Legacy, 1859-1913
IV. Growing Up, 1914-1929
V. On the Road, 1930
VI. Lan Rameau, 1931
VII. The Misfit, 1932
VIII. The Bohemian, 1933
IX. Vanished, 1934
X. The Search, 1935
XI. Healing, 1936-2008
XII. Resurrection, 2009

Appendix A: "Wilderness Song"
Appendix B: Father and Son Dialogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

“Fradkin tries . . . to sift through the legends to get to the heart of the genuine person. . . . . Tell[s] a gripping tale of a young man consumed by the nature he so desperately loved.”