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Articles - hermits & solitude

Hermits in lore, literature & arts | Hermits in history, West & East | Solitude


Hermits in lore

Hermits in literature

Hermits in film and music

  • Hermits in classical music
  • Hermits in popular music
  • Films about hermits

  • Hermits in history: USA

  • "Wonderful Old Hermit" of 1700's Alleghany Mountains
  • Robert: a Black American hermit
  • Henry David Thoreau: Quotations on solitude
  • Emily Dickinson: poet and recluse
  • Eccentric American hermits of the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Johnny Appleseed, American hermit
  • Thomas Merton on solitude
  • Thomas Merton: Notes on solitude
  • Don McLellan, Humboldt hermit (late 1950's)
  • Daniel Manous, American hermit (circa 1970)
  • Florida Everglades hermits, 1940's to 1980
  • American wilderness hermits in photos, 1960's-80's
  • Richard Proenneke, Alaskan wilderness hermit
  • American hermits in the 1980's: a LIFE magazine feature
  • Leigh Schmidt: Restless Souls: The Making of American Spirituality. Chapter 2: "Solitude"
  • Jun Fujita: poet and recluse: two articles

  • Hermits in history: Western

  • ANCIENT to MODERN
  • Diogenes as prototype Western secular urban hermit.
  • Merton's Preface to The Wisdom of the Desert.
  • Paul, first Christian hermit.
  • Paul, first Christian hermit: two sources.
  • The hard sayings of Arsenius the hermit.
  • Moses, a Black desert hermit's experiences.
  • Hermit historiography in the West
  • Cuthbert, 7th-century Celtic saint, prior, hermit.
  • The heroic hermit in Anglo-Saxon lore.
  • Meinrad, 9th century Swiss saint & hermit.
  • Eremitism versus Monasticism in Medieval Europe.
  • Women hermits and recluses in medieval Europe and Italy.
  • The Desert Mothers: Women in the Western anchoritic tradition.
  • Grimlaicus: Rule for Solitaries
  • Goscelin's Book of Consolation for anchoress Eva.
  • Romuald of Ravenna, hermit and Camadolese "founder"
  • Stephen of Muret and his Thoughts.
  • Guigo, Fifth Prior of Chartreuse: Two Writings on Solitude
  • Aelred of Rievaulx: Rule for a Solitary.
  • Ancrene Wisse: medieval guide for anchoresses
  • Richard Rolle: Form of Living, medieval guide for an anchoress
  • Francis of Assisi: Rule for Hermitages
  • Hermit and pope: Pietro Murrone & Celestine V
  • Nicholas of Flue: Hermit of Switzerland (15th century)
  • Gregorio López, Hermit of New Spain (16th cemtury Mexico)
  • Order of Benediction for Hermits (16th century)
  • Nil Sorsky's Rule for hermits, hesychasm for Russian sketes
  • Non-possessors & possessors in 16th-century Russia
  • Roger Crab, 17th-century eclectic English hermit.
  • The tragic life of Thomas Parkinson, Thirsk hermit
  • The Way of a Pilgrim by a 19th-century Russian Orthodox hermit
  • Sharbel (Charbel, hermit of Lebanon

  • 20th CENTURY+
  • Charles de Foucauld, Modern French hermit
  • Thomas Merton on solitude
  • Merton's Notes for a Philosophy of Solitude
  • Merton's preface to Thoughts in Solitude
  • Robert Lax, enigmatic hermit
  • A brief history of Monserrat hermits
  • Two interviews with Father Basili, last hermit of Monserrat: first; second
  • Daniel Bourguet, Protestant hermit
  • Hermits in the 1990's and 2000's: surveys
  • "Lay Hermits," by Eugene Stockton (article reprint)
  • "Forest Dwellers: Alternative Lifestyle for Seniors," by Eugene Stockton (article reprint)

  • Hermits in history: East

  • CHINA
  • Eremitism in Ancient China, pt 1: Confucius
  • Eremitism in Ancient China, pt. 2: Analects
  • Eremitism in Ancient China, pt. 3: Hundred Schools
  • Eremitism in Ancient China, pt. 4: Lao-tzu
  • Eremitism in Ancient China, pt. 5: Chuang-tzu
  • Eremitism in Ancient China, pt. 6: the Former Han
  • Eremitism in Ancient China, pt. 7: the Huainanzi
  • Tao Chien, China's Poet of Reclusion (4th-5th century)
  • Hsieh Ling-yun, Wilderness Poet and Recluse(4th-5th century)
  • Tu Fu: Reclusion and the Confucian Dilemma (8th century)
  • Han-shan: Cold Mountain hermit-poet (8th century)
  • Po-Chu-i: Thatched Hall, Po-Chu-i's hut (8th century)
  • Recluses and reclusion in the Poems of the Masters (7th-13th centuries)
  • Stonehouse: Shan-shih, Stonehouse's hermit house (14th century)

  • JAPAN
  • Kamo no Chomei: Hojoki, my hut (12th century).
  • Kamo No Chomi: Hosshinshu, tales of Japanese hermits.
  • Ippen, hijiri and wanderer (12th century).
  • Saigyo: Sanka, mountain home (12th century).
  • Saigyo in three Japanese No plays.
  • Kenko's Essays in Idleness: esteem for hermits (14th century).
  • Basho's Genjuan no fui: "Unreal Dwelling" (18th century).
  • Basho, plodding in Saigyo's footsteps.
  • Ryokan: Gogo-an, hermit hut (18th century).
  • Zen Poetics of Ryokan
  • Jun Fujita, tanka-poet recluse: two articles (20th century)

  • SOUTH ASIA
  • The Solitary Path of the Jain Digambara.
  • Thudong: Forest Monks and Hermits of Southeast Asia.
  • Abhishiktananda: Paradox and Solitude.

  • TIBET
  • Milarepa's Mila Grubum: One Hundred Thousand Songs.
  • Orgyan Chokyi: Tibetan Buddhist "Hermitess" (18th century)
  • Shabkar, Tibetan Buddhist Hermit (19th century)
  • Alexandra David-Neel on Tibetan Buddhist hermits

  • Solitude

  • WEST
  • ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL
  • An anthropology of eremitism
  • Epictetus: What is Solitude?
  • Epictetus: Enchiridion, or Manual
  • Desert Fathers and Mothers on solitude
  • Acedia, bane of solitaries
  • Evagrius Ponticus: Asceticism & Solitary Life
  • Aelred of Rievaulx: Rule for a Solitary
  • Ancrene Wisse: medieval guide for anchoresses
  • William of St. Thierry's Eremitical Anthropology (article review)
  • Ibn Tufayl's Hayy Ibn Taqzan
  • Gelassenheit (releasement) in Meister Eckhart
  • Nil Sorsky's Rule for hermitst

  • MODERN
  • Francesco Petrarch: The Life of Solitude
  • Michel de Montaigne: On Solitude
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau on solitary human nature
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Solitary Walker
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson on solitude
  • Henry David Thoreau: quotations on solitude
  • Emily Bronte, poet of solitude
  • Friedrich Holderlin's poetry of solitude
  • Friedrich Nietzsche on solitude
  • Zarathustra, the hermit, and the madman
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton: The Solitude of Self
  • Alice Meynell: Solitude

  • 20TH CENTURY
  • Rainer Maria Rilke and solitude
  • Fernando Pessoa and solitude
  • L.E.J. Brouwer: A mathematician on self
  • Simone Weil on society and solitude
  • Madness and Solitude in Kahlil Gibran
  • John Burroughs: Solitude
  • Solitude in Robert Frost
  • Robinson Jeffers: poetry, nature, and solitude
  • Thomas Merton on solitude
  • Thomas Merton's Notes for a Philosophy of Solitude
  • Japanese Preface to Merton's Thoughts in Solitude
  • Silence in Quaker tradition
  • Glenn Gould: Solitude Trilogy
  • John Cage: music, sound, and silence
  • "Showing the way out of the fly bottle: searching for Wittgenstein in Norway," by Jan Estep
    [on Wittgenstein's hut] (article reprint)


  • EAST
  • Taoism: hermit philosophy
  • Wabi and Sabi: the aesthetics of solitude
  • Haiku crossroads: aesthetics of poetry
  • "Wander Alone": the Rhinoceros sutta
  • "Discourse on Solitude": Patisallana sutta
  • Mauna (Silence) - a Jain view (reprint)
  • Silence and solitude in Ramana Maharshi
  • Abhishiktananda: paradox and solitude
  • J. Krishnamurti on solitude
  • Solitude in Sufi tradition
  • Kahlil Gibran: "On Talking," from The Prophet
  • Stephen Batchelor on self and solitude
  • Hikikomori: Japan's solitary youth

  • GENERAL
  • William Deresiewicz: The End of Solitude (reprint)
  • J. Brierley: The Solitaries (reprint)
  • Pico Iyer: The Eloquent Sounds of Silence (reprint)
  • John M. Oldham: The solitary personality type
  • Writings on Self and the I-cult, by J., a hermit
  • Writings on the hermit life, by S., a hermit