INTRODUCED BY PAUL KINGSNORTH
'I thought that there were two rules in life - never count the cost, and never do anything unless you can do it wholeheartedly. Now is the time to live'
Everett Ruess, an artist and wanderer, left home at the age of sixteen to immerse himself in the harsh landscapes of the American Southwest. With only his donkeys for company, he ventured ever further from civilisation and into the wilderness of Navajo country, on a quest for beauty and experience.
In 1934, at the age of twenty, he vanished without trace in Utah, a disappearance that remains unsolved to this day. Through letters, diary excerpts and poems compiled by W.L. Rusho, A Vagabond for Beauty tells his remarkable story.