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I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.—Jorge Luis Borges

A man’s library is a sort of harem. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

We hope you will join us in The Imaginative Conservative community. The Imaginative Conservative is an on-line journal for those who seek the True, the Good and the Beautiful. We address culture, liberal learning, politics, political economy, literature, the arts and the American Republic in the tradition of Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot, Edmund Burke, Irving Babbitt, Paul Elmer More, Wilhelm Roepke, Robert Nisbet, M.E. Bradford, Eric Voegelin, Christopher Dawson and other leaders of Imaginative Conservatism.

Visit our on-line Bookstore to find books by/about these men and build a library with character, intelligence, and deep thought. Line the shelves with excellence and may you onw day have a Paradise that will be a library.

We address a wide variety of major issues including: What is the essence of conservatism? What was the role of faith in the American Founding? Is liberal learning still possible in the modern academy? Should conservatives and libertarians be allies? What is the proper role for the American Republic in spreading ordered liberty to other cultures/nations?

We have a great appreciation for the thought of Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot, Irving Babbitt and Christopher Dawson, among other imaginative conservatives. However, some of us look at the state of Western culture and the American Republic and see a huge dark cloud which seems ready to unleash a storm that may well wash away what we most treasure of our inherited ways. Others focus on the silver lining which may be found in the next generation of traditional conservatives who have been inspired by Dr. Kirk and his like. We hope that The Imaginative Conservative answers T.S. Eliot’s call to “redeem the time, redeem the dream.”

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  1. YES! Whose library is in the picture?

    I wonder if we should have a library beauty contest? Walter Scott's is pretty amazing, Kipling's is ideal to work in. I have vaguely good memories of Twain's in Hartford CT. The Georgian reading-room in the (old)British Library of course, but it's rather big for an individual or a family. Mecosta for the books and associations…

  2. The absolutely breathtaking library at the Château de Groussay in France. The Chateau was built in 1815 and enlarged in the late 1930s by the French aesthete Carlos de Beistegui. The library has two circular staircases stretching up to the book-lined landing, and the ceiling must be more than twenty feet in height. It was interior and set designer Cecil Beaton's inspiration for the Henry Higgins library in the 1964 film My Fair Lady (shown in Libraries in Film). Among the greatest of private residential libraries.

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