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Russell Kirk (1918-1994) was the author of The Conservative Mind, Eliot and His Age, The Roots of American Order, and twenty-six other books in several fields. He was the president of two educational foundations, editor of the quarterly University Bookman, recipient of several literary awards, and has been a visiting distinguished professor on both sides of the Atlantic. James McClellan (1937-2005) was James Bryce Visiting Fellow in American Studies at the Institute of United States Studies of the University of London and before that Senior Resident Scholar at Liberty Fund Inc. Some of his works include Joseph Story and the American Constitutional and The Federalist: A Student Edition. Jeffrey O. Nelson is senior vice president and chief marketing officer at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He edited two book collections-Redeeming the Time, by Russell Kirk, and Perfect Sowing: Reflections of a Bookman by Henry Regnery-and is co-founder of the Russell Kirk Center. — biography from The Political Principles of Robert A. Taft… (more)
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Russell Kirk was one of the founders of the post-World War II conservative movement. His influence began with the publication of his book The Conservative Mind which traced the intellectual roots of conservatism from Edmund Burke to T. S. Eliot.

He was a college professor, a visiting professor and lecturer at many colleges and universities, co-founder and editor of National Review (with William F. Buckley, Jr.), founder and editor of Modern Age, editor of The University Bookman, and founder and editor of a series of books called The Library of Conservative Thought. He wrote biography, intellectual history, cultural criticism, social criticism, literary criticism, political commentary, a syndicated column, and award-winning ghost stories and novels. His prose style has often been praised across the political spectrum.

With his wife Annette and his four daughters, his ancestral home, Piety Hill in rural Mecosta, Michigan (population about 500) became a haven for students, professors, scholars, lost souls, transients and others whom Kirk called refugees from progress. He spent much of his time at home with his family, writing, reading, going on long walks, planting trees, and entertaining visitors.
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