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Marshal South

Ghost Mountain Chronicles:
An Experiment in Primitive Living

Marshal South DVD and the Book Combo
Ghost Mountain
Directors Cut
Includes Map to Marshal's Home

Price $ 46.90
Item # 3019

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For 17 years, from 1930 to 1947, poet, artist, and author Marshal South and his family lived on Ghost Mountain—a remote, waterless mountaintop that is today within California’s Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Over a period of nine of those years, South chronicled his family’s controversial primitive lifestyle through popular monthly articles written for Desert Magazine.

An acrimonious divorce ended the “experiment in primitive living,” Marshal’s South death in 1948 soon after the divorce, the refusal of his wife Tanya to grant an interview over the next 50 years of her life, and the many rumors that have abounded have combined to elicit wide speculation over the years. Secrecy, changed names and dates, and lost and burned records and letters have hidden the truth all these years, even from family members.

But there was just enough information and clues left, that slowly the story of the real Marshal South emerged. It took months of research and a team to find the answers. A research team in Adelaide, South Australia, searched documents and newspapers, once it was established that South was born there and not in London, England. Family members who had not been in contact with each other searched through old letters and documents they had. And, finally we had the story.

This new book contains the compete collection of his writings from Desert Magazine. Edited and with a foreword by Diana Lindsay; Introduction by Rider and Lucile South. 336 pages, 8 .5” x 11” paperback, 120 photographs and illustrations, notes, appendix, index, bibliography

We also have a DVD on Ghost Mountain and Marshall South. Click here to see an introduction to the film. You will need Flash 8 to view the film. If you don't have it your browser will prompt you to download it, this is an easy update. It is best view with a DSL or cable connection.


An unmarked grave in Julian, CA. A shattered adobe house on top of Ghost Mountain in the Anza Borrego Desert. They are all that is left of one family’s utopian experiment. The story of eccentric artist and writer Marshal South, and his family’s 14 years in the wilderness is compelling and controversial. Originally told in the pages of Desert Magazine by the Souths themselves, the story is now illuminated in a documentary DVD made by two veteran filmmakers: director/producer John McDonald and cinematographer Stuart Asbjornsen.

Now extended to 76 minutes, this extraordinary documentary was made over an 8-month period on super-16mm film, a widescreen format, and transferred to high definition video.  The film, entitled Ghost Mountain:  An Experiment in Primitive Living, screens daily in the theatre of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park’s Visitor Center. This is a work of art and you will love it.

Video available on this subject.Click here to see an introduction to the film. You will need Flash 8 to view the film. If you don't have it your browser will prompt you to download it, this is an easy update. It is best viewed with a DSL or cable connection.


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