According to the Web site, Fellowship Charitos is “a non-profit corporation that supports the religious vocations of Hermits, Anchorites, Religious Solitaries, and others who follow the eremetic lifestyle.” The organization is run by Sister Molly, an Episcopal nun located in Utah. A free newsletter is available, with a donation for cost encouraged, and a forum on Yahoo Groups is maintained. URL: http://www.fellowshipcharitos.com.
“Uncle Jimmy” was a nineteenth-century hermit on Ballast Island, one of the Lake Erie islands of Ohio. This summary dates from 1898. URL: http://www.middlebass.org/Uncle_Jimmy.shtml.
The legend of the French hermit Saint Gilles is beautifully illustrated by the so-called Master of St. Gilles (circa 1500) in “St. Gilles and the Hind,” an altar-panel residing in the National Gallery, London. URL: http://gallery.euroweb.hu/html/m/master/stgilles/gilles.html.
In a short Independent (UK) article in the PsychoGeography series, entitled “When Hermits Walked the Earth,” author Will Self reminisces about hermits he has known and speculates on how modern life both created and eliminated hermits. URL: http://argument.independent.co.uk/regular_columnists/will_self/story.jsp?story=490658. The complete article requires a paid subscription.
A Seattle Times article about Bill Porter (also known as Red Pine), translator of ancient Chinese hermit-poets Cold Mountain and Stonehouse, author of Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits. URL: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/books/2001845874_redpine29.html
American writer Edith Wharton (1862-1937) seems an unlikely source for a couple of literary works about hermits but her interest in classical themes and psychology is undeniable. The short story “The Hermit and the Wild Woman” (published 1906 in Scribner’s Magazine) uses a late medieval Italian setting for the encounter of an innocent heroine and an aged hermit, with vague allusions to Thais and the temptations of the desert hermit Antony. The poem “Ogrin the Hermit” (published in 1909 by The Atlantic Monthly) treats the Tristan and Iseult theme with a Christian hermit’s intervention. URL of the story: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/WhaWild.html. URL of the poem: http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/09dec/ogrin.htm.