[LEGENDS] Nomad, Poet, 20th Century Prophet of the Wild West

Everette Reuss by Dorothea Lang

In 1934, at the age of 20, poet and nomadic wanderer Everette Reuss travelled into the red rock canyon lands of Southern Utah with two burros and vanished without a trace. In 2009 his apparent remains were found, but upon further analysis were called into question as to their authenticity. What happened to Everette Reuss? Some say he was murdered by natives for his burros, some say he simply drowned or fell off one of the many jagged cliffs, and some legends recount that Everette Reuss fell in love with a Navajo woman and ran away with her tribe. The life, disappearance  and legend of Everette Reuss has been an enduring mystery, an American saga exemplar to our own imaginings of the great adventure.  A new book, Everett Ruess: His Short Life, Mysterious Death, and Astonishing Afterlife, due out this summer on University of California Press examines the life and legend; going "...beyond the myth to reveal a troubled, idealistic adolescent who flirted with death and lost." www.ucpress.edu