I Want to Be Alone
Solitary Lives: Salvation Seekers, Celebrity Recluses, Hermit Poets and Survivalists from the Buddha to Greta Garbo
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This book looks at some of history's most fascinating recluses and remarkable loners. Some withdrew from society for religious reasons, as in the case of the hermits and ascetics who gave their lives entirely to the service of God by meditating alone in the desert, in cliffside caves, in monastic cells, or, as in the case of Saint Simeon Stylites, on top of a tall rock pillar for 37 years.
Some of the world's most powerful leaders and monarchs have also sought a solitary and secluded life to try to escape from the burden of their responsibilities. One of them was Ludwig II of Bavaria, who built some of the world's most beautiful fairytale castles on the Rhine to live in them in self-imposed loneliness and seclusion.
Then there are those who hide from the demands of celebrity, like Greta Garbo; and from the pressures of everyday human society, like millionaire Howard Hughes.
- Category: Social Science
- Published: 25 April 2011
- Publisher: Murdoch Books
- Print Length: 256 Pages
- Language: English