Russell Kirk (1918-1994), an author of thirty-two books, was a historian of ideas, critic, essayist, editor, and novelist. The Polity of Prudence, The Origins of American Order, Eliot and His Age, Enemies of the Permanent Things, Edmund Burke, Redeeming the Time, John Randolph of Roanoke, and six works of fiction are among them. The Sword of Imagination, his memoirs, was published after his death. He was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal and got twelve honorary doctorates from American universities. Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, situated in Mecosta, Michigan, was formed in 1995 to continue his work of defending the permanent things.