Includes marvelous preliminary essays by Rider and Lucile South...and an absolutely stunning historical account and biography by Diana Lindsay -- Mystery and Adventure Series Review, Issue 38, July 2005
Reveals secret life of Marshal South...Lindsay's compilation will introduce South to a new generation... -- North County Times, Jan23, 2005
The real revelation here is the richness and diversity of South's desert writings...this book left me wanting more... -- San Diego Union-Tribune, Jan 30, 2005
From the Publisher
Finally, the true story of Marshal South can be told. The publication of all of Souths Desert Magazine articles in Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain Chronicles stands by itself. The articles reveal a desert writer that stands in a league with Charles Lummis, J. Smeaton Chase, George Wharton James, John C. Van Dyke, and Mary Austin. In his lifetime Marshals published works include over 50 poems, 30 short stories and essays, 8 novels, 102 articles and poems in Desert Magazine. His works were published in Australia, Great Britain, and the United Statesin local and syndicated newspapers and magazine in New York, Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, and Texas. The foreword and introduction to the book add new dimensions to the South story that was previously unknown. Readers of Desert Magazine never knew who South really was, and his sudden and acrimonious divorce that ended the "experiment in primitive living" just increased the mystery and rumors. South died soon after the divorce in 1947 and his wife Tanya kept silent for the next 50 years until she died in 1997, at almost 100 years old. Through the years there has been wide speculation about what happened. Even the children never knew the whole story because of secrecy, changed names and dates, and lost and burned records and letters. It was the research for the foreword of this book that unraveled the story of Marshal South. Rider South, who was the oldest of the three children to grow up on Ghost Mountain with its Robinson Crusoe-type environment, wrote the introduction to the book, which includes his memories of life at Yaquitepec. He was almost 13 years old when he left and his memory his very clear. It was a very difficult life, but as a child, he did not know it was difficult. After years of silence, Rider tells the true story and sets the record straight.