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Ed Meyer

Lonely Dell is an historic fiction novella following the lives of James Simpson Emett, his two polygamist wives and their families as they lived along the Utah-Arizona border just before and after the beginning of the 20th century. Emett was the town marshall in Kanab, Utah and the ferryman at Lee's Ferry on the Colorado River. He was also a small time rustler and rough riding rancher.

Fans of Zane Grey, the great writer of western romance novels, may recognize that James Emett was identified by Grey in a 1925 issue of American Magazine as "The Man Who Influenced Me Most". He was also the model for August Naab, the Mormon patriarch in Grey's first successful western romance novel Heritage of the Desert.

Meyer weaves little known facts about life on the Mormon frontier into this engaging and poignant true story about real people living, loving and struggling in one of America's harshest, but most beautiful landscapes.

Lonely Dell can be purchased online at https://www.createspace.com/4171618.

Ed Meyer

Ed Meyer is a retired social anthropologist who retired in 2005 from the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development after a quarter century. He represented five governors in their efforts to help Utah's small rural communities. After Meyer's retirement, he served as city councilperson and chaired the Kanab Arts Council in Kanab, Utah. He and his wife Kathy currently split time between Kanab and their second home in Florence, Arizona. He is a member of Zane Grey's West Society, lectures on the great author and guides trips to locations in Arizona and Utah where Grey once camped and experienced adventures that formed the nucleus for many of his first successful novels.

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