A Pelican in the Wilderness: Hermits, Solitaries and Recluses

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"A man that studies happiness must sit alone like a sparrow upon the house top, and like a pelican in the wilderness" - Thomas Traherne. Isabel Colegate here explores the lives and works of those who've followed the call of solitude, from Lao Tzu and the Desert Fathers to Wordsworth and Thoreau. The quest for solitude - whether for social, religious, personal or intellectual reasons - dates back to ancient times. As a spiritual phenomenon it has its roots in Chinese, Hindu and Western philosophies; from the mystical Desert ...

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