Here is the web site of an anchoress in an “isolated hermitage atop a remote Irish mountain.” Includes prayers, reflections and wonderful photographs. URL: http://www.iol.ie/~anchorhold/. Brought to our attention in a communication from the anchoress.
This page from Mennonite Life tells the modest story of the reclusive Ohio Mennonite Abraham Nofziger and reprints posthumously his sayings. URL: http://www.bethelks.edu/mennonitelife/2002dec/wiebe_story.php. Submitted by a friend of Hermitary.
A 1934 photo from the Wisconsin Historical Society labeled “Joseph Smith, Hermit” portrays a man “rescued from squalid shack.” URL: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/whi/fullRecord.asp?id=16121.
“Iconology of the Hermit Cards” is an article by Dr. Robert O’Neill that traces the depiction of the hermit in the tarot as preliminary to identifying its meaning. URL: http://att.tarot.com/about-tarot/library/boneill/hermit.
“The Hermit” is a poem by Thomas Parnell ( 1679-1718) that offers a standard view of religious hermits representative of the era, with its Job-like theme wherein the hermit discovers the providence of God. On many web sites, such as http://eir.library.utoronto.ca/rpo/display/poem1562.html.
In the picture collection of the New York Public Library is a German-language print: a juvenile rhyme about the owl, cleverly depicted in the picture as a hermit with monkish habit and staff, emerging from his hermitage. URL: http://digital.nypl.org/mmpco/browseresults.cfm?&trg=3&name=NBott%2C%20C%2E&strucID=459950&pstrucid=409758&title=Vom%20Uhu%2E&dstart=1.
Noah John Rondeau (1883-1967) was known as the Adirondack hermit. He lived in a wilderness area of Cold River, New York, dubbing his hermitage Cold River City (population 1) and himself as mayor. Rondeau began staying in his hermitage even over the harsh winters after 1929. He was forced to move after a 1950 storm leveled much of the forest around his hermitage. Some details about Rondeau are offered on the “Adirondack Lives” web site: http://www.adirondackhistory.org/newadklives/ and at http://www.adirondack-park.net/history/noah.john.rondeau.html). The first link has good photos. There are also two books on Rondeau: Noah John Rondeau, Adirondack Hermit by Maitland C. DeSormo and Life With Noah: Stories and Adventures of Richard Smith with Noah John Rondeau as told to William J. O
The Hermit’s Hut: a Study in Asceticism and Architecture by Kazi Khaleed Ashraf is a 2002 dissertation from the University of Pennsylvania. A preview is available on the Web; the dissertation itself can be purchased. The first sentence of the abstract begins: “The ascetic’s dwelling forms a distinctive genre among various meditations on the elemental hut …” The focus is India. URL: http://wwwlib.umi.com/dissertations/preview_all/3043847.