One day in 1978, Russell Kirk was delighted and amazed to receive a letter postmarked from a place called Saracinesca House, located not in Italy but in Nashville, Tennessee.1 Its author, John C. Moran, had divined Kirk’s unwritten appreciation for the Romantic novelist Francis Marion Crawford. Moran spent much of his career at Peabody College attached to Vanderbilt University, a post from which he directed the Francis Marion Crawford Society, published the definitive six-hundred-page compendium of Crawford’s works, and oversaw an annual literary journal called The Romantist, which he...


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