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Born: October 19, 1918 - Plymouth, Michigan
Died: April 29, 1994 - Mecosta, Michigan


FAfter attending Michigan State College and Duke University (M.A., 1941), Kirk taught at Michigan State (1946-53) before pursuing a career as a lecturer and writer. In 1955 he helped found the conservative journal National Review, and he became its educational columnist (1956-83). He wrote a syndicated newspaper column (1962-75) and contributed over 500 articles to periodicals in the U.S. and abroad, while also giving numerous lectures on college campuses.
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Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography
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His many books, which earned him a reputation as one of the preeminent American conservative intellectuals of the second half of the century, include The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Santayana (1953; 7th ed., 1986), considered a major
Works by Benjamin Franklin
Dictionary of American Literary Characters
Experiments in Electricity
The Papers of Benjamin Franklin
Poor Richard's Almanac
The Way to Wealth
Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion
Bagatelles from Passy
Cool Thoughts on The Present Situation of Our Public Affairs
work in modern conservative thought; A Program for Conservatives (1954); Eliot and His Age (1971); and The Roots of American Order (1974). He edited The Portable Conservative Reader (1982), and also wrote several fantasy novels and story collections.

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Franklin: An Enlightened American
Benjamin Franklin: A Documentary History



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