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Originally published in , Anthony Storr's bestselling meditation on the creative individual's need for solitude has become a classic. Citing numerous examples of brilliant scholars and artists—from Beethoven and Kant to Anne Sexton and Beatrix Potter—he argues that solitary activity is essential not only for geniuses, but often for the average person as well.
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Books of The Times; In Defense of the Virtues of Solitude
Another great offering from Overstock. Arrived quickly and without any damage. Photos on O. Overall, very satisfied with my purchase! Thanks, O. British psychotherapist Storr takes issue with the predominate view in the West that intimate relationships are the exclusive source and measure of mental health and personal satisfaction. In this far
Solitude: A Return to the Self
By Anthony Storr. Gibbon is surely right. The majority of poets, novelists, composers, and, to a lesser extent, of painters and sculptors, are bound to spend a great deal of their time alone, as Gibbon himself did. Current wisdom, especially that propagated by the various schools of psychoanalysis, assumes that man is a social being who needs the companionship and affection of other human beings from cradle to grave. It is widely believed that interpersonal relationships of an intimate kind are the chief, if not the only, source of human happiness. Yet the lives of creative individuals often seem to run counter to this assumption.