Synopses & Reviews
andlt;Bandgt;Originally published in 1988, Anthony Storr's enlightening meditation on the creative individual's need for solitude has become a classic.andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Iandgt;Solitudeandlt;/Iandgt; was seminal in challenging the established belief that "interpersonal relationships of an intimate kind are the chief, if not the only, source of human happiness." Indeed, most self-help literature still places relationships at the center of human existence. Lucid and lyrical, Storr's book cites numerous examples of brilliant scholars and artists -- from Beethoven and Kant to Anne Sexton and Beatrix Potter -- to demonstrate that solitude ranks alongside relationships in its impact on an individual's well-being and productivity, as well as on society's progress and health. But solitary activity is essential not only for geniuses, says Storr; the average person, too, is enriched by spending time alone. andlt;BRandgt; For fifteen years, readers have found inspiration and renewal in Storr's erudite, compassionate vision of human experience.
A landmark meditation on the crucial role of solitude in the lives of creative individuals.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Anthony Storrandlt;/Bandgt; was a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and an Emeritus Fellow of Green College, Oxford. He was the author of numerous books, including andlt;Iandgt;The Integrity of the Personality, The Dynamics of Creation, The Essential Jung,andlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;The Art of Psychotherapy.andlt;/Iandgt; Dr. Storr died in 2001.