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Russell Kirk

Russell Kirk (1918–1994) was one of the twentieth century’s foremost men of letters and one of the principal founders of the modern conservative movement. In fact, he gave the movement its name with his landmark book The Conservative Mind (1953). Dr. Kirk wrote more than thirty books, including The Roots of American Order, The American Cause, Eliot and His Age, and The Politics of Prudence. He also founded the conservative quarterlies Modern Age and the University Bookman. Over the course of more than four decades, Dr. Kirk limned a conservative vision based on tradition, order, the moral imagination, and the “permanent things.” That vision has influenced generations of conservatives—not least Ronald Reagan, who awarded Dr. Kirk the Presidential Citizens Medal in 1989.

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