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Russell Kirk : American conservative

Author: Bradley J Birzer
Publisher: Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Merging from two decades of the Great Depression and the New Deal and facing the rise of radical ideologies abroad, the American Right seemed beaten, broken, and adrift in the early 1950s. Although conservative luminaries such as T.S. Eliot, William F. Buckley Jr., Leo Strauss, and Eric Voegelin all published important works at this time, none of their writings would match the influence of Russell Kirk's 1953  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
History
Additional Physical Format: Erscheint auch als:
Birzer, Bradley J., 1967-. Russell Kirk .
American conservative
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Named Person: Russell Kirk; Russell Kirk; Russell Kirk
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bradley J Birzer
ISBN: 9780813166193 0813166195 9780813166209 0813166209 9780813166643 0813166640
OCLC Number: 921843480
Language Note: English.
Awards: Winner of Michigan Notable Books 2016
Description: 1 online resource (574 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction --
1. Desert humanist --
2. Stoic prophet --
3. Recovering the conservative mind --
4. A Christian humanism --
5. A republic of letters in the modern age --
6. Sojourning the waste land : friendship, thought, and poetry in the age of Eliot --
7. The politics of the impossible --
8. Ghosts in the machine ... and the house --
9. The center cannot hold --
10. The married Bohemian --
Conclusion : poetry against boredom.
Responsibility: Bradley J. Birzer.

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Merging from two decades of the Great Depression and the New Deal and facing the rise of radical ideologies abroad, the American Right seemed beaten, broken, and adrift in the early 1950s. Although conservative luminaries such as T.S. Eliot, William F. Buckley Jr., Leo Strauss, and Eric Voegelin all published important works at this time, none of their writings would match the influence of Russell Kirk's 1953 masterpiece The Conservative Mind. This seminal book became the intellectual touchstone for a reinvigorated movement and began a sea change in Americans' attitudes toward traditionalism. In Russell Kirk, Bradley J. Birzer investigates the life and work of the man known as the founder of postwar conservatism in America. Drawing on papers and diaries that have only recently become available to the public, Birzer presents a thorough exploration of Kirk's intellectual roots and development. The first to examine the theorist's prolific writings on literature and culture, this magisterial study illuminates Kirk's lasting influence on figures such as T.S. Eliot, William F. Buckley Jr., and Senator Barry Goldwater--who persuaded a reluctant Kirk to participate in his campaign for the presidency in 1964. While several books examine the evolution of postwar conservatism and libertarianism, surprisingly few works explore Kirk's life and thought in detail. This engaging biography not only offers a fresh and thorough assessment of one of America's most influential thinkers but also reasserts his humane vision in an increasingly inhumane time.

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