Saturday, May 06, 2006

Hermit of Montrose

"Strangest of all, perhaps, was an Idaho man named Henry Stuart, who moved to Fairhope in the 1920's, after being told by his doctor incorrectly, it turned out that he had only a year to live.

"Mr. Stuart, who wore a long white beard and became known locally as the Hermit of Montrose, after a neighborhood in Fairhope, built himself a small round hurricane-proof hut out of concrete and lived in it for 18 years, apparently certain he might die at any moment. Mr. Stuart eventually died at 88 in 1946, somewhere in Oregon.

From Warren St. John's A Hermit's Refuge Is Now a Writer's Muse (New York Times, May 7, 2006), on how Sonny Brewer's first novel, The Poet of Tolstoy Park, came to be.


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