Title: The Man From The Cave
Author: Colin Fletcher
Description: Book has light bumping to head and tail of spine as well as fore edge corners; light fading to top edges of boards; red Random House remainder stamp on bottom edge of text block near spine; pages are free of marks; binding is sound. Dust jacket has a little light edge wear; tiny chips a couple of the fore edge corners; creases to front flap; not price clipped. DJ has been placed in an archival mylar sleeve. Stated first edition, 1981.
Illustrated with 28 photographs and a map.
While hiking in Nevada in 1968 the author found an old trunk of belongings at the mouth of a cave. Fascinated, he began to uncover and piece together the life of the man (William Anthony Simon aka Bill Simmons) to whom the trunk had belonged. Beginning with the clues given in the response to an article he wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle, continuing at the National Archives, and then researching in Simmons' hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania, Fletcher "meticulously and persistently tracked the man's first wanderings as a youth, his service in the Philippine insurrection after the Spanish-American War, and his restless movements—often under an alias—across the western United States. The trail led Fletcher to people who had known Bill Simmons at various times in his life—family members, other men and women who had prospected, played cards, and drunk with him in the desert towns of California. Their encounters are intensely moving as memories of Bill, dormant for decades, are affectionately aroused."
Condition: Very Good+
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Place: New York
Pages: 326 pages.
Keywords: biography, American West, sleuthing
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