John D. Barbour, Professor of Religion at St. Olaf College, is the author of Versions of Deconversion: Autobiography and the Loss of Faith (Virginia).
This is a powerful, comprehensive, and highly original book, impressive in terms of both its breadth of coverage and its depth of insight. It is a pleasure to read how vigorously the author speaks out for the moral and spiritual aspects of solitude in the age of a postmodern theory that allows little or no agency to a scattered and textually constituted subject. The Value of Solitude is a work of mature scholarship and probing critical reflection. - Eugene Stelzig, State University of New York at Geneseo, author of The Romantic Subject in Autobiography