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Monthly Archives: March 2005

Tree-planting India hermit

Brief article from Orissa, India, about a real-life equivalent of Elz√©ard Bouffier, the protagonist of Jean Giono’s The Man Who Planted Trees. Pandaba Charan Das is a hermit who has single-handedly reforested a barren hillside over some thirty years. URL: http://www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews&id=88868.

Everett Reuss, wanderer

Everett Reuss (1914-1934) disappeared into the sierra of the U.S. West professing a love of nature and solitude. He wrote poetry and made block prints of natural settings. With his burro Reuss departed for the desert wilderness, not yet age 21, and never returned. A number of web sites tell his story. The “official” site […]

Daniel Bourguet

A brief article from the Eglise Reformee de France web site on Daniel Bourguet, Protestant hermit, including a photograph of him in front of his hermitage. URL: http://www.erf-clr.org/communautes_et_centres.php?rub=184&nid=218&tag=1180. Brought to our attention by a friend of Hermitary. See also a translated article about him in Hermitary: http://hermitary.com/articles/bourguet.html.

Bob Kull: Wilderness Solitude

Bob Kull chronicles “A Year in Wilderness Solitude” on a remote island of southern Chile at his web site

New York State hermit

Conflating homelessness, mental illness, and eccentricity with reclusion is illustrated by several sites about “The Leatherman,” a nineteenth-century hermit and eccentric in Westchester County, New York, so called because of his attire and interest in leather items. The conflation is furthered by adding details about his enormous appetite and by ghost sightings. URLs: http://www.trailsidemuseum.org/Leatherman.html, http://www.bearsystems.com/OldLeatherMan/OldLeatherMan.htm, […]