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A Hermit Who Decorates?

Writing, Literature & Publishing Lecturer Steve Himmer Talks About His New Book

Writing, Literature & Publishing Lecturer Steve Himmer discusses his book The Bee-Loud Glade.

Steve Himmer

Heather West MFA '13 and Carrie Fuller
October 04, 2010

Do you know what a decorative hermit is? Steve Himmer does. The author and Writing, Literature and Publishing Lecturer became an expert on the subject while doing research for his debut novel, The Bee-Loud Glade.

The origin of this type of “hermit” can be traced back to 18th–century England, Himmer explained. “At that time it was very fashionable for wealthy gentlemen to hire someone to live on their estate, in a cave or a hut, usually for a term of seven years,” he said.

“...It was very fashionable for wealthy gentlemen to hire someone to live on their estate, in a cave or a hut, usually for a term of seven years.”

The Bee-Loud Glade brings this odd pastime to the present day, where a billionaire named Mr. Crane hires Finch to be his decorative hermit.

Himmer sat down with us to talk about his book and how he uses the same research methods he used to write The Bee-Loud Glade in his first-year writing course.

The Bee-Loud Glade will be released by Atticus Books in Spring 2011.

Writing, Literature & Publishing

Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

As advances in technology spur changes in the sharing of the written word, Emerson’s dynamic writing community prepares students to succeed in this evolving landscape. Students explore literature, craft stories in workshop settings, follow the written word from inception to production through publishing courses, and intern at some of the country’s best publishing houses.

 

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