Russell Kirk

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Russell Kirk


Born
in Plymouth, Michigan, The United States
October 19, 1918

Died
April 29, 1994

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For more than forty years, Russell Kirk was in the thick of the intellectual controversies of his time. He is the author of some thirty-two books, hundreds of periodical essays, and many short stories. Both Time and Newsweek have described him as one of America’s leading thinkers, and The New York Times acknowledged the scale of his influence when in 1998 it wrote that Kirk’s 1953 book The Conservative Mind “gave American conservatives an identity and a genealogy and catalyzed the postwar movement.”

Dr. Kirk wrote and spoke on modern culture, political thought and practice, educational theory, literary criticism, ethical questions, and social themes. He addressed audiences on hundreds of American campuses and appeared often on television and
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The Conservative Mind: From...

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Roots Of American Order

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Ancestral Shadows: An Antho...

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The Politics Of Prudence

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American Cause

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The Portable Conservative R...

4.40 avg rating — 62 ratings — published 1982 — 2 editions
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The Essential Russell Kirk:...

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Eliot and His Age: T. S. El...

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Old House of Fear

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“Men cannot improve a society by setting fire to it: they must seek out its old virtues, and bring them back into the light.”
Russell Kirk

“I did not love cold harmony and perfect regularity of organization; what I sought was variety, mystery, tradition, the venerable, the awful. I despised sophisters and calculators; I was groping for faith, honor, and prescriptive loyalties. I would have given any number of neo-classical pediments for one poor battered gargoyle.”
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“If you want to have order in the commonwealth, you first have to have order in the individual soul.”
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