In “The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit,” Finkel chronicles Knight’s story, one he calls “bizarre and weird and brilliant and disturbing.” The book draws on the author’s visits with Knight at the Kennebec County Correctional Facility, as well as the history of those who have sought solitude — from Henry David Thoreau (whom Knight disdained) to Tibetan Buddhist nuns. “Extraordinary things happen in solitude,” Finkel said. “Frightening things happen in solitude.”

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