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Jeffrey Peter Hart and raised in New York, New York, is a cultural critic, professor emeritus of English at Dartmouth College
Dartmouth College
Dartmouth College is a private, Ivy League university in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. The institution comprises a liberal arts college, Dartmouth Medical School, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business, as well as 19 graduate programs in the arts and sciences...

, essayist, and columnist who lives in New Hampshire
New Hampshire
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, United States
United States
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. After two years as an undergraduate at Dartmouth, he transferred to Columbia University
Columbia University
Columbia University in the City of New York is a private, Ivy League university in Manhattan, New York City. Columbia is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, the fifth oldest in the United States, and one of the country's nine Colonial Colleges founded before the...

, where he obtained his A.B. (1952) and Ph.D.
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, both in English literature
English literature
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During the Korean War
Korean War
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 he served in U.S. Naval
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Military intelligence
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, in Boston
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A professor
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 of English literature
English literature
English literature is the literature written in the English language, including literature composed in English by writers not necessarily from England; for example, Robert Burns was Scottish, James Joyce was Irish, Joseph Conrad was Polish, Dylan Thomas was Welsh, Edgar Allan Poe was American, J....

 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
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; 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
National Review
National Review is a biweekly magazine founded by the late author William F. Buckley, Jr., in 1955 and based in New York City. It describes itself as "America's most widely read and influential magazine and web site for conservative news, commentary, and opinion."Although the print version of the...

as a book reviewer, requiring a trip from Hanover, New Hampshire
Hanover, New Hampshire
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 to New York
New York
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 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. He is still a contributor with the magazine.

Hart took a leave of absence from Dartmouth in 1968 to work for the abortive presidential campaign
United States presidential election, 1968
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 of Governor of California
Governor of California
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 Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
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. This role led to brief service as a White House
White House
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 for Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
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After nomination by his former student Reggie Williams
Reggie Williams (linebacker)
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, Hart was honored with his college's Outstanding Teaching Award, 1992. He has also received the Young America's Foundation
Young America's Foundation
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 Engalitcheff Prize, 1996, among other academic accolades. In 1998, he served as a visiting lecturer at Nichols College
Nichols College
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The Dartmouth Review
The Dartmouth Review
The Dartmouth Review is a conservative, independent, bi-weekly newspaper at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire . It was founded in 1980 by disenchanted staffers—including Gregory Fossedal, Gordon Haff, Ben Hart, and Keeney Jones—from the college's daily newspaper, The Dartmouth. It...

was founded in his living room in 1980, and he has served as an adviser to it since then.

He wrote a regular column for King Features Syndicate
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 and retired from teaching.

Lately, he has launched a fierce Burkean critique of the policies of President of the United States
President of the United States
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 George W. Bush
George W. Bush
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 in the pages of the American Conservative, the Washington Monthly, and The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
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. Hart supported John Kerry
John Kerry
John Forbes Kerry is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts, the 10th most senior U.S. Senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2004 presidential election, but lost to former President George W...

 in the 2004 election
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and Barack Obama
Barack Obama
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 in 2008
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  • When the Going was Good: Life in the Fifties (1982)
  • From This Moment On: America in 1940 (1987)
  • 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)

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