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Russell Kirk: American Conservative

Bradley J. Birzer


An intellectual biography of Russell Kirk (1918–1994), this book offers the first full examination of his life and thought as it developed over the course of the twentieth century. As almost all would agree, Kirk served as the father of postwar conservatism, but he did so in a way that promoted the superiority of culture above politics. His conservatism attempted to save the best of the Western and humane traditions. Looking at every public writing, his complete letters, and his private journals and diaries, Russell Kirk: American Conservative considers the nuances and eccentricities of the Am ... More

Keywords: Russell Kirk, conservatism, ideology, Roman Catholicism, horror, Stoicism, Christian humanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780813166186
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813166186.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bradley J. Birzer, author
Hillsdale College