- pasadena, CA, USA
- member since August 20, 2009
Regarding the book, I can only surmise that you have something of unusual value, at the very least historically and quite likely, at some point, monetarily. Can't imagine how this volume found its way out of Salvatori's library. At any rate, I have three books Kirk autographed to me personally March 29 1990 and a fourth autographed just "Cordial Regards from Russell Kirk." Kirk was in Austin Texas for a Landrum Society gathering where I heard in speak and he kindly consented to sign the books which I had brought with me: "Watchers at the Strait Gate," "Enemies of the Permanent Things," and "Eliot & His Age." These he dated and inscribed to me personally; the fourth, "Roots of American Order," is the one that he signed "Cordial Regards." Below is some info of which you may already be aware, but I send along in case you may not.
In 1991, Kirk was awarded the Salvatori Prize for historical writing. More about Kirk: http://www.kirkcenter.org/index.php/about-kirk/
2. In the chapter, "Private Victory and Public Defeat," p. 301 of Sword of Imagination: Memoirs of a Half-Century of Literary Conflict by Russell Kirk, a chance face-to-face encounter between Senator Goldwater and Russell Kirk is described. Guess who held the door open for them?
Only once, during the whole course of the Goldwater primary and presidential campaigns, did Kirk come face to face with the Senator, and that was during the final fortnight. Goldwater was passing into the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Kirk passing out the same doorway; and Henry Salvatori, Goldwater's chief booster and backer in California, was holding open the door for the two of them. Kirk was on his way to speak on Goldwater's behalf at Claremont Men's College; Goldwater on his way to Chavez Ravine, where a very big rally of Mexican-Americans had been organized by another friend of Kirk, old Walter Knott of Knott's Berry Farm and Ghost Town.