By David Roberts
Finding Everett Ruess by way of David Roberts, with a foreword by way of Jon Krakauer, is the definitive biography of the artist, author, and eloquent celebrator of the wasteland whose daring solo explorations of the yank West and mysterious disappearance within the Utah wilderness at age 20 have earned him a wide and dedicated cult following. greater than seventy five years after his vanishing, Ruess stirs the types of ardour and hypothesis accorded such mythical doomed American adventurers as Into the Wild’s Chris McCandless and Amelia Earhart.
“I haven't uninterested in the desert; really I get pleasure from its attractiveness and the vagrant existence I lead, extra keenly for all time. I favor the saddle to the road motor vehicle and the famous person sprinkled sky to a roof, the imprecise and hard path, major into the unknown, to any paved road, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by means of cities.” So Everett Ruess wrote in his final letter to his brother. And prior, in a valedictory poem, ”Say that I starved; that i used to be misplaced and weary; That i used to be burned and blinded through the barren region solar; Footsore, thirsty, ill with unusual illnesses; Lonely and rainy and chilly . . . yet that I stored my dream!"
Wandering by myself with burros and pack horses via California and the Southwest for 5 years within the early Thirties, on voyages lasting so long as ten months, Ruess additionally turned acquaintances with photographers Edward Weston and Dorothea Lange, swapped prints with Ansel Adams, took half in a Hopi rite, realized to talk Navajo, and was once one of the first "outsiders" to enterprise deeply into what was once then (and to some degree nonetheless is) principally a little-known wilderness.
When he vanished with no hint in November 1934, Ruess left at the back of hundreds of thousands of pages of journals, letters, and poems, in addition to greater than 100 watercolor work and blockprint engravings. A Ruess mystique, initiated through his mom and dad yet quickly enlarged by means of readers and critics who, struck via his awesome connection to the wild, likened him to a fledgling John Muir. at the present time, the Ruess cult has extra adherents—and extra passionate ones—than at any time within the seven-plus many years considering the fact that his disappearance. by means of now, Everett Ruess is hailed as a paragon of solo exploration, whereas the secret of his loss of life continues to be one of many maximum riddles within the annals of yank experience. David Roberts started probing the lifestyles and demise of Everett Ruess for National Geographic Adventure journal in 1998. Finding Everett Ruess is the results of his own trips into the distant parts explored by way of Ruess, his interviews with oldtimers who encountered the younger vagabond and with Ruess’s closest residing relations, and his deep immersion in Ruess’s writings and artwork. it's an epic narrative of a pushed and acutely perceptive younger adventurer’s expeditions into the wildernesses of panorama and self-discovery, in addition to an soaking up research of the continued secret of his disappearance.
In this definitive account of Ruess's amazing lifestyles and the enigma of his vanishing, David Roberts eloquently captures Ruess's tragic genius and ongoing fascination.
From the Hardcover edition.