Dr. W. Y. Evans-Wentz was born in Trenton, New Jersey and grew up in La Mesa, California, just east of San Diego. He graduated from Stanford University in 1907, then received a degree from Oxford University in 1910. In the next three decades he was to become a world authority on Tibetan Buddhism. Eventually published under his name were those now well-known, ancient treatises which he edited and annotated, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Tibet's Great Yogi Milarepa, Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines, and the Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation. In recognition of his life work, Oxford University conferred upon him a Doctorate of Science in comparative religion in 1931.Frank Waters (1902-1995), one of the finest chroniclers of the American Southwest, wrote twenty-eight works of fiction and nonfiction.Charles L. Adams is professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a prominent Frank Waters scholar, and editor of Frank Waters: A Retrospective Anthology (Swallow).
"For Cuchama emerges as a passionate exploration of the psychic unity of East and West. ...Evans-Wentz offers here a personal narrative that intertwines his erudite attention to esoteric lore with his own quest for psychic illumination."--Michael Loudon, University of Oklahoma, World Literature Today