A Return to the Self

Storr, Anthony

Book - 2005
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Originally published in 1988, Anthony Storr's enlightening meditation on the creative individual's need for solitude has become a classic. Solitude 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. For fifteen years, readers have found inspiration and renewal in Storr's erudite, compassionate vision of human experience.

Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2005
Edition: 1st Free Press trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 0743280741
Branch Call Number: 155.92 S886s 2005
Characteristics: xv, 216 p. ;,22 cm


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Published in 1988, Anthony Storr's meditation on the creative individual's need for solitude has become a classic. He challenges the prevailing idea that we grow only in interpersonal relationship, and cites many writers and artist who have thrived in solitude.

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