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

After 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.
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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.

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 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.

Works by Russell Kirk
The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Santayana (1953; 7th ed., 1986)
A Program for Conservatives (1954)
Eliot and His Age (1971)
The Roots of American Order (1974)
The Portable Conservative Reader (1982)

William F. Buckley
Born: November 24, 1925 - New York, New York
Died: February 27, 2008 - Stamford, Connecticut

Born to a wealthy family, Buckley was schooled in France, England, and Mexico as well as the United States. He served in the army in World War II before entering Yale University, where he taught Spanish, distinguished
himself in debate, and was chairman of the Yale Daily News. The year after graduating he published God and Man at Yale (1951), deploring the secularism of higher education. McCarthy and His Enemies (1954; with L. Brent Bozell) defended Senator Joseph McCarthy's anticommunist crusade.
Works by William F. Buckley
God and Man at Yale (1951)
McCarthy and His Enemies (1954; with L. Brent Bozell)
Up from Liberalism (1959)
Rumbles Left and Right (1963)

In 1955 Buckley founded the conservative weekly National Review. Its circulation grew rapidly under Buckley's editorship (until 1990), and it soon became the country's leading conservative journal. He began writing a syndicated political column in 1962; renamed "On the Right," it would eventually appear in over 200 newspapers. Since 1966 he has hosted the widely viewed television interview program Firing Line. His many books on politics and public affairs include Up from Liberalism (1959) and Rumbles Left and Right (1963). He has also written several accounts of his sailing voyages, and since the late 1970s he has produced a successful series of spy novels featuring the CIA agent Blackford Oates. In 1991 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Web sites about Kirk & Buckley
The Heritage Foundation: Annette Kirk, Life with Russell Kirk
The Heritage Foundation: The Mystic Chords of Memory
The Heritage Foundation: Mourns Loss of William F. Buckley Jr.

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