Fellowship Charitos

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.

Hermits in Literature: Edith Wharton

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.