Jeffrey Peter Hart
February 23, 1930
|Died||February 16, 2019 (aged 88)|
Fairlee, Vermont, U.S.
|Education||A.B. and Ph.D.|
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
|Occupation||Professor of English Literature|
|Political party||Former Republican|
Jeffrey Peter Hart (February 23, 1930 – February 16, 2019) was an American cultural critic, essayist, columnist, and Professor Emeritus of English at Dartmouth College.
Life and career
Hart was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After two years as an undergraduate at Dartmouth, he transferred to Columbia University, where he joined the Philolexian Society and obtained his A.B. (1952) and Ph.D., both in English literature.
After a short period teaching at Columbia, Hart became Professor of English literature at Dartmouth for three decades (1963–1993). Hart specialized in 18th century literature but also had a fondness for modernist literature. He was popular with the students, from whom he required a great deal of writing. His political apostasy annoyed his faculty colleagues: when they were concerned about fossil fuels he made it a point to commute to campus in a Cadillac limousine; he might have a mechanical hand drum the table when faculty meetings were too long.
In 1962 he joined William F. Buckley's conservative journal National Review as a book reviewer, requiring a trip from Hanover, New Hampshire to New York City every other week. Later, he would contribute as a writer and senior editor for the better part of the ensuing three decades even as he fulfilled his teaching responsibilities as a professor at Dartmouth. In one review for the magazine, he wrote, "liberal rote anathema on 'racism' is in effect a poisonous assault upon Western self-preference."
Hart took a leave of absence from Dartmouth in 1968 to work for the abortive presidential campaign of Governor of California Ronald Reagan. This role led to brief service as a White House speechwriter for Richard Nixon. After nomination by his former student Reggie Williams, Hart was honored with his college's Outstanding Teaching Award, 1992. He has also received the Young America's Foundation Engalitcheff Prize, 1996, among other academic accolades. In 1998, he served as a visiting lecturer at Nichols College.
In recent years,[when?] he launched a fierce Burkean critique of the policies of President of the United States George W. Bush in the pages of the American Conservative, the Washington Monthly, and The Wall Street Journal. Hart supported John Kerry in the 2004 election and Barack Obama in 2008.
|Booknotes interview with Hart on Smiling Through the Cultural Catastrophe, January 13, 2002, C-SPAN|
|Presentation by Hart on The Making of the American Conservative Mind, February 9, 2006, C-SPAN|
- Burke, Edmund (1964). Jeffrey Hart (ed.). Speech on conciliation with the Colonies. Edited, with an introductory essay by Jeffrey Hart. A Gateway edition. Chicago: H. Regnery Co. OCLC 1116479. Retrieved January 30, 2008.
- Hart, Jeffrey Peter (1964). Political writers of eighteenth-century England (1st ed.). New York: Knopf. Retrieved January 30, 2008.
- Hart, Jeffrey Peter (1965). Viscount Bolingbroke, Tory humanist. London: Routledge & K. Paul. OCLC 401312. Retrieved January 30, 2008.
- When the Going was Good: Life in the Fifties (1982)
- From This Moment On: America in 1940 (1987)
- Hart, Jeffrey Peter (1989). Acts of recovery : essays on culture and politics. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England. ISBN 0-87451-504-1. Retrieved January 30, 2008.
In honor of Lionel Trilling
- Hart, Jeffrey (October 13, 2000). "Dartmouth review is of the utmost importance". Arlington, Virginia: Alexis de Tocqueville Institution. Archived from the original on June 1, 2006. Retrieved October 30, 2008.
- Smiling Through the Cultural Catastrophe: Toward the Revival of Higher Education (2001)
- The Making of the American Conservative Mind: National Review and Its Times (2006)
- Hart, Jeffrey (June 16, 2007). "The Decade That Roared – These works are essential to appreciating American literature of the 1920s". Opinion Journal. Retrieved October 30, 2008.
- Hart, Jeffrey (December 27, 2007). "The Burke Habit – Prudence, skepticism and "unbought grace."". Opinion Journal. Retrieved October 30, 2008.
Without a deep knowledge of history, policy analysis is feckless.
- "Guide to the Papers of Jeffrey P. Hart, 1982–2005". Rauner Special Collections Library. Dartmouth College. Retrieved October 30, 2008.
- Heddaya, Mostafa (October 21, 2008). "TDR Exclusive Interview: Obamacon Jeffrey hart". Dartmouth Review. Archived from the original on October 26, 2008. Retrieved October 30, 2008.
- Robinson, Peter. "The Complete Hart". National Review. Archived from the original on December 21, 2004. Retrieved October 30, 2008.
- Baehr, James S. C. (October 1, 2001). "Jeffrey Hart: Outside the Ivory Tower". Dartmouth Review. Archived from the original on July 6, 2007. Retrieved October 30, 2008.
- D'Souza, Dinesh. "Serious Jokes". National Review. Archived from the original on December 16, 2004. Retrieved October 30, 2008.
- Blumenthal, Paul; Rieger, J. M. (March 4, 2017). "This Stunningly Racist French Novel Is How Steve Bannon Explains The World" – via Huff Post.
- Heilbrunn, Jacob (May 2006). "The Great Conservative Crackup: What National Review wrought". Washington Monthly. Archived from the original on May 13, 2016.
- Jamison, Peter (February 7, 2008). "Archconservative Sides With Democrat". Valley News. White River Junction, Vermont. Archived from the original on February 7, 2008.
- "Jeffrey Hart, R.I.P." National Review. February 18, 2019.
- "Professor Jeff Hart passes at 88". The Dartmouth Review. February 19, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
- The Burke Habit Prudence, skepticism and "unbought grace."
- Idéologie has taken over
- What is Left? What is Right
- What Went Right in the West and Wrong in Islam
- James Seaton (Spring 2007). "Prudential Conservatism?". The University Bookman. Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal / Educational Reviewer, Inc. 45 (2). Retrieved October 30, 2008.
Jeffrey Hart's The Making of the American Conservative Mind: National Review and Its Times is both a memoir of his years at National Review and a prescription for the sort of conservatism he favors.
- Will, George F. (February 26, 2006). "The Conservative Imagination". New York Times. Retrieved October 30, 2008.
Jeffrey Hart's Making of the American Conservative Mind is a relaxed amble along conservatism's path to the present.
- Appearances on C-SPAN