Jeffrey Hart

Jeffrey Hart

About 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.

Thomas Gray’s Desperate Pastoral

By |2018-08-15T09:54:33-05:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: England, History, Literature, Poetry|

In his "Elegy," Thomas Gray wrote a great, some­times mystifying and troubling poem, and, where the pastoral impulse is concerned, an admonishing one... No one born after the French Revolution, said the durable Talleyrand, can know how sweet life can be. This sentiment was quoted in his book about Metternich by that unsuspected romantic Henry [...]

Literature & the Foundations of the West

By |2018-08-06T09:26:09-05:00July 2nd, 2017|Categories: Classical Education, Featured, Literature, Timeless Essays, Tradition, Western Civilization, Western Tradition|

The questions for the West have now become: What it is that we should remember and teach? What are the elements of Western civilization that might sustain what is left and reconstruct what has been damaged or destroyed?… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Jeffrey Hart as [...]

Edmund Burke and the English Revolution

By |2014-10-26T17:19:04-05:00October 26th, 2014|Categories: Community, Conservatism, Edmund Burke, Revolution|Tags: , |

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 the Reflections was to construct a powerful myth of English history, in which England settled down from precedent to [...]

In the Dark Fields of the Republic: What is the West?

By |2018-08-06T09:09:00-05:00October 7th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Western Tradition|Tags: |

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. I sense that it was not polite to raise the chasm of difference into consciousness, much less to dwell on [...]

Samuel Johnson as Hero

By |2015-04-25T23:44:38-05:00May 13th, 2014|Categories: Featured, Poetry|Tags: , , |

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 degree by Oxford, from which he had been too poor to graduate. He was famous as the [...]

Ben Jonson: Good Society

By |2019-06-06T11:28:35-05:00September 4th, 2013|Categories: Community, Conservatism, Culture, Order, Permanent Things, Poetry|Tags: , |

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 particular place has always been cherished by lovers of literature. “Cooper’s Hill,” “Grongar Hill,” lyrics on rural Devon by [...]

Literature and the Foundations of the West

By |2019-02-19T16:20:43-05:00August 26th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Featured, Liberal Learning, Literature, Modernity, Western Civilization, Western Tradition|Tags: , |

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 of or what it should accomplish. The auspices, however, may be better than they seem in that we have [...]

Christopher Dawson and the History We Are Not Told

By |2018-12-11T06:42:55-05:00February 16th, 2013|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Catholicism, Christendom, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Culture, Featured, History|Tags: , |

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 first impression one has upon opening a book by Christopher Dawson is of what can be called the romance of learning, [...]