A 2012 article in the Kingston (MA) Journal describes the the life and eccentricities of the 19th-century hermit Dan Fuller. Information is based on an 1893 interview printed in the Boston Journal.
Fuller was said to have grown up in the forest and was most comfortable away from civilized life. He lived in a hundred square-foot hut crammed with belongings.
Fuller subsisted on hunting, including monies from town-paid bounties on rodents, and was said to eat only game (especially birds he had shot or trapped) unless he received gifts of other foods.
Observers described him as simple, honest, independent, and likely not capable of holding steady employment.
Brought to our attention by a friend of Hermitary.
This article has apparently been removed from the original site at EnglishRussia.com.
The website “English Russia” features “Russian Hermits” from a photo gallery of images from Danila Tkachenko’s project titled “Escape.” Here are hermits and their dwellings, an the editor notes: “It’s hard to say how many hermits are in Russia today. People go to live in a forest due to different reasons: someone wants to grow his own type of ginseng, another one just wishes to pray in a cave for some months.” One commenter suggests they are homeless former inmates. But the eremitic tradition has a strong cultural presence in Russia, and the men in these photos are clearly living in solitude, indefinitely.
URL of photographer’s project: http://www.danilatkachenko.com/projects/escape/
A summary article titled “Alone, Not Lonely: On Modern Hermits” appears in Modern Farmer. Hermits mentioned include Christopher Knight (the Maine hermit-thief), the Fredettes (of Raven’s Bread), Sister Michaela (of Sky Farm) and Gordon Campbell’s author of The Hermit in the Garden.
Here is a Guardian (UK) interview with author Sara Maitland, who lives alone in a cottage in rural Galloway, Scotland. Her most recent book is How to Be Alone, published in a self-help series. In the interview Maitland responds to questions about involuntary solitude, writing, use of Internet, and family relations.