Anything but Bland Conformity

Collected Essays on Philosophers by Colin Wilson, edited by Colin Stanley. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. Hardcover, 253 pages, $82. The British writer, thinker, and varsity intellectual nonconformist Colin Wilson (1931–2013) began his prolific authorial career...
The Enduring Wisdom of Bryce

The Enduring Wisdom of Bryce

The Hindrances to Good Citizenship, by James Bryce. Introduction by Howard G. Schneiderman. Transaction Publishers, 1993. 186 pp., $36. The most revealing fact in James Bryce’s study of the impediments to good citizenship in a democracy, which Howard G. Schneiderman...

A Forgotten American Horace

American Austen: The Forgotten Writing of Agnes Repplier by Agnes Repplier, Edited by John Lukacs. Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2009. Hardcover, 450 pages, $25. Who remembers Agnes Repplier? From her first essay in 1881 to her death in 1938 this half-Southern...
The Literary and Southern Schooling of ‘Mad Jack’ Randolph

The Literary and Southern Schooling of ‘Mad Jack’ Randolph

The Education of John Randolph, by Robert Dawidoff. W. W. Norton & Co., 1979. Hardcover, 346 pp., $19.95. A good friend of mine, scion of an old Virginia family, when deep into his cups, regales me with stories of John Randolph of Roanoke. Late into the night,...

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