Russell Kirk, “Beyond the Dreams of Avarice,” 1950

A definitive young Russell Kirk piece, “Beyond the Dreams of Avarice,” MEASURE 2 (December 1950): 17-33.

Note, the article appears immediately after a T.S. Eliot article.  This is probably the cause of Kirk changing his mind on Eliot.  In 1949, he still considered the poet a “fraud.”  By 1951, Kirk considered him one of the greatest living thinkers.  Two years later, in 1953, the two would meet in person and become close friends and allies.

Also note, the final piece, a short story by Stefan Andres, “We are God’s Utopia.”  It would be impossible to exaggerate the influence of this piece on the young Kirk.

rak beyond dreams 1950

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