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Russell KirkAmerican Conservative$
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Bradley J. Birzer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813166186

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813166186.001.0001

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Desert Humanist

Desert Humanist

(p.23) 1 Desert Humanist
Russell Kirk

Bradley J. Birzer

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter explores Kirk’s life from his birth through his earning of an M.A. from Duke and his brief time spent working at Ford. It also considers the influence that the great American humanists Irving Babbitt and Paul Elmer More had on the young Michiganian. Finally, it offers an in-depth look at Kirk’s time at Duke University and his thesis on John Randolph of Roanoke.

Keywords:   Frank Pierce, Stoicism, World War II, Dugway, Irving Babbitt, Paul Elmer More, humanism, Duke University, Michigan State College, John Randolph of Roanoke

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