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Jeffrey Hart

Jeffrey Hart
Dr. Hart, Professor Emeritus of English at Dartmouth College, holds a B.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University and served in U.S. Naval Intelligence during the Korean War. A longtime senior editor at National Review, he is the author of The Making of the American Conservative Mind: National Review and Its Times, Acts of Recovery: Essays on Culture and Politics and Smiling through the Cultural Catastrophe: Toward the Revival of Higher Education.
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In his poem “Blood and the Moon,” Yeats writes of “haughtier-headed Burke that proved the state a tree.” Edmund Burke would have relished the line, having proved nothing of the sort. What Burke did in...
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In the aftermath of 9/11, the term “civilized nations” suddenly began to be widely used. Of course, everyone had always known that England and France are civilized and that Syria and Rwanda-Burundi are not....
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Samuel Johnson’s achievement is so impressive that we tend to forget its very high-risk background. In his maturity, Johnson possessed a regal quality. He had produced his Dictionary of the English Language and been awarded an honorary...
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John Dryden The rise in Dryden’s reputation, commencing a generation or so ago, coincides perfectly with a drastic shift in our taste in poetry, and doubtless with a shift in other kinds of...
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Civilization is memory.–Hugh Kenner I cannot do my duty as a true modern, by cursing everybody who made me whatever I am.–G. K. Chesterton The sort of poem that is written in praise of a...
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Raphael's School of Athens In the early twenty-first century the liberal arts curriculum at our universities is in a peculiar condition of uncertainty. No one is willing to say what it should consist...

Christopher Dawson A people that no longer remembers has lost its history and its soul. -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn The temples of the gods are the most enduring works of man. -Christopher Dawson The...