R. V. Young

About R. V. Young

R. V. Young is a former Professor of English at North Carolina State University and author of At War With the Word and A Student’s Guide to English Literature. In January, 2008, he assumed the editorship of Modern Age: A Quarterly Review.

Robert Frost: Imaginative Conservative

By |2016-03-11T10:37:17-05:00January 28th, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Peter Stanlis, Poetry, Robert Frost|

Shortly before the death of Robert Frost, the editor of a selection of critical essays on the poet summarized the case for his prosecution as politically retrograde: “When, during the Thirties, poetry discovered a whole new reality in the political liberalism of the time, Frost became even more removed from the intellectual center of [...]

Juliet and Other Shakespearean Nominalists

By |2016-08-03T10:37:03-05:00August 27th, 2013|Categories: Christendom, William Shakespeare|Tags: |

Shakespeare “It was William of Occam,” writes Richard Weaver in his seminal work, Ideas Have Consequences, “who propounded the fateful idea of nominalism, which denies that universals have a real existence.” Weaver compares this development in the intellectual history of Western man to Macbeth’s ominous meeting with the Weird Sisters: “Have we forgotten [...]

Individual and Community in The Scarlet Letter

By |2018-11-09T12:50:50-05:00August 15th, 2013|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Community|Tags: |

Alexis de Toqueville, a friendlier Frenchman than most we meet nowadays, was, nonetheless, concerned about the deleterious effects of American individualism. In Democracy in America he concedes that individualism is not mere selfishness (égoïsme), but is, rather, “a mature and calm feeling, which disposes each member of the community to sever himself from the mass of [...]