James E. Person Jr.

About James E. Person Jr.

James E. Person, Jr., has edited and written for Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Contemporary Authors, Short Story Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800, and What Do I Read Next?. He has published more than 200 essays and book reviews in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Modern Age, National Review, and the Washington Times. He is the author of Russell Kirk: A Critical Biography of a Conservative Mind and Earl Hamner: From Walton’s Mountain to Tomorrow.

The Legacy of C.S. Lewis

By |2020-11-21T11:40:57-06:00April 23rd, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Literature, Permanent Things, Timeless Essays|

C.S. Lewis is recognized as a Christian lay apologist, a writer of children’s books, an adept novelist and fantasist, and a literary scholar and logician, still eliciting strong reactions, favorable or unfavorable, from his readers. On Friday, November 22, 1963, at about the same time as President John F. Kennedy prepared to enter the black [...]

The Achievement of Russell Kirk

By |2018-01-01T12:15:33-06:00December 31st, 2017|Categories: Books, Conservatism, History, Imagination, Moral Imagination, Russell Kirk|Tags: , |

According to Russell Kirk, the moral imagination is the power of knowing man, despite his weaknesses and sinful nature, as a moral being, meant for eternity. It recognizes that human beings, after all, are created in the image of God… Russell Kirk and the Age of Ideology by W. Wesley McDonald (264 pages, University of Missouri, [...]

The Conservative Constitution

By |2016-03-05T23:33:57-06:00March 5th, 2016|Categories: Books, Constitution, Russell Kirk|Tags: , |

The Conservative Constitution by Russell Kirk A nation’s constitution can be created overnight, claimed Clinton Rossiter incautiously at a symposium over thirty years ago. Witness, he continued, the guiding instruments composed by several European countries shortly after each of the two world wars. Present at that same symposium, Russell Kirk answered Rossiter’s statement with a [...]

Thomas Jefferson: A Strange Case of Mistaken Identity

By |2016-08-02T09:26:35-05:00August 24th, 2014|Categories: Thomas Jefferson|Tags: , |

Thomas Jefferson: A Strange Case of Mistaken Identity by Alf J. Mapp, Jr. Reviewing selected letters of Edmund Burke in the American Spectator in 1985, Professor Charles R. Kesler claimed that American conservatives attempting to propagate Burke’s principles “have always faced an embarassing obstacle: namely the almost complete lack of a Burkean tradition in America.” [...]

Russell Kirk: Toward a Renewed Civil Social Order

By |2020-06-01T18:36:53-05:00June 21st, 2014|Categories: Community, Conservatism, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

Russell Kirk recognized that conservatism most closely honors the way men and women ought to act among their neighbors in community and in matters of transcendent faith. Rooted in the small community, conservatism is homely and humble, and it makes for respectful peace within families and among neighbors. It is brought about by example and [...]

The Legacy of C. S. Lewis

By |2016-02-12T15:28:33-06:00December 26th, 2012|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Literature, Permanent Things|Tags: , |

On Friday, November 22, 1963, at about the same time as President John F. Kennedy prepared to enter the black limousine that would take him through downtown Dallas to his violent death, another life was coming to a far less dramatic close across the Atlantic in England. It was late afternoon in the village of [...]

The Transcendent in Tolkien

By |2019-01-03T18:11:24-06:00December 14th, 2012|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christianity, J.R.R. Tolkien, Russell Kirk|Tags: , |

J. R. R. Tolkien ’s Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-Earth by Bradley J. Birzer Much has been written of J.R.R. Tolkien’s accomplishment during the past half century, with critics struggling to understand the powerful grip exercised by the English fantasist’s writings upon readers. Some Tolkien-focused criticism has been enlightening, much has been repetitive, and a small [...]

The Sharpening of the Conservative Mind

By |2013-12-24T10:17:43-06:00November 16th, 2012|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Books, Bruce Frohnen, Conservatism, Edmund Burke|Tags: , |

Virtue and the Promise of Conservatism: The Legacy of Burke & Tocqueville, by Bruce Frohnen In his role as a professor of English literature, Thomas Howard sometimes gives his class a list of the following words: majesty, magnanimity, valor, courtesy, grace, chastity, virginity, nobility, splendor, ceremony, taboo, mystery, purity. The reaction he gets is quite [...]

Conservation as a Conservative Concern

By |2017-07-18T15:20:18-05:00June 3rd, 2011|Categories: Agrarianism, Books, Conservation, Conservatism, Wendell Berry|Tags: , |

In one of his syndicated columns published during the 1970s, the founder of The University Bookman famously wrote, “There is nothing more conservative than conservation.” Russell Kirk, considered one of the founders of post-war conservatism—that supposedly heartless, devil-catch-the-hindmost view of life that (again, supposedly) considers nature a nuisance to be tamed or destroyed—was a great admirer of [...]

Faith-Based Initiatives in Action

By |2017-06-27T15:51:33-05:00March 18th, 2011|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Books|Tags: |

Street Saints: Renewing America’s Cities by Barbara J. Elliott Some of the world’s greatest people are largely unknown, for they accomplish positive, life-changing deeds in quiet, unannounced ways. Their work is unreported and largely unknown outside their immediate circle of influence. A great number of such people lack political connections and every characteristic of celebrity, and [...]

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