Print this post Print this post

From the Editor 
Kerry Bolton’s Artists of the Right

530 words

Kerry Bolton’s Artists of the Right has been delayed for a couple of months due to a lack of funds. We now have the money, and the book has been sent to the printers. The new release date is Friday, October 19, 2012.

We are taking pre-orders here:

We wish to thank our loyal readers and donors for making this possible, and Dr. Bolton and those eager to read the book for their patience and good humor.

The following text is from my Foreword to Artists of the Right.

Leftists think that their belief in human equality makes them better than the rest of us. They are particularly wedded to the idea that they are not just the party of humanity but of the intellectual and artistic elites. Thus it is a profound embarrassment to the Left that some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th century—including leading modernists—were men of the Right, and not just conservatives, but fascists, National Socialists, and fellow travelers.

Kerry Bolton’s Artists of the Right: Resisting Decadence, focuses on ten leading 20th century literary figures: D. H. Lawrence, H. P. Lovecraft, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Filippo Marinetti, W. B. Yeats, Knut Hamsun, Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, Henry Williamson, and Roy Campbell.

All ten were immensely accomplished. Yeats and Hamsun both won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Lawrence, Pound, Marinetti, and D’Annunzio were commanding figures of their day. Campbell, Williamson, and Lewis (the last a first-rate painter as well) enjoyed smaller but intensely appreciative audiences, whereas Lovecraft’s growing fame is almost entirely posthumous.

As Joseph S. Salemi has remarked, the independence of mind that allowed these artists to break from Left-wing orthodoxy also prevented them from forming a new orthodoxy of the Right. They disagreed on many issues, including religion, economics, and the finer points of political ideology.

Yet to a man, they were united in their rejection of human equality—the common root of capitalism and communism—and their affirmation of a hierarchical model of society. Yet they sought a hierarchical society free of exploitation and invidious distinctions, upholding an organic model of society in which all parts must serve the common good of the whole. Finally, they were united in their rejection of atomistic individualism, although they also affirmed the possibility of creative and heroic individualism.

As Rightists, these artists rejected modern decadence and sought to preserve and restore healthier pre-modern social forms within the context of modernity. As artists, they often explored modern decadence from the inside, even as they upheld a longing for something higher: a form of life characterized by health, beauty, wholeness, and sanctity, based on models from classical Antiquity, the Middle Ages, or the natural world. They also combatted decadence by seeking to release vital creative forces imprisoned by ossified artistic traditions, often giving rise to startling forms of modernism, including Vorticism and Futurism.

With the exception of the chapter on Lovecraft, Artists of the Right consists of extensively expanded and reworked essays from Kerry Bolton’s earlier book Thinkers of the Right: Challenging Materialism (Luton, England: Luton Publications, 2003). A companion volume will cover T. S. Eliot, Yukio Mishima, Rex Fairburn, P. R. Stephensen, Count Potocki of Montalk, and others.

Greg Johnson


This entry was posted in North American New Right and tagged , , , . Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.


  1. Posted September 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    This looks like a delicious book. I compare it to the recent PBS hagiography of Carl Sandburg here:

    • Kerry Bolton
      Posted September 27, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for giving the book a plug on your website.
      In regard to the comparatively mild treatment of the supposedly persecuted Left during the so-called “McCarthy era”, immediately after McCarthy’s destruction by such champions of the proletariat as Sen. Herbert Lehman, Business Advisery Council, etc. there followed a genuinely repressive witch-hunt against conservatives, especially in the military. (See my upcoming article in The Occidental Quarterly).

  2. Karen Toffan
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    When will James O’Mearas’ book be available?

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted September 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

      We have set the release date as Monday, October 22.

  3. Posted September 27, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad to see a review that includes the great talents of the ‘Right’ for a change, that often goes unnoticed by the mainstream media and todays Public Educational system.

    Join the “American Third Position” today!

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared.
Comments are moderated. If you don't see your comment, please be patient. If approved, it will appear here soon. Do not post your comment a second time.
Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  • Our Titles

    White Identity Politics

    Here’s the Thing

    Trevor Lynch: Part Four of the Trilogy

    Graduate School with Heidegger

    It’s Okay to Be White


    The Enemy of Europe

    The World in Flames

    The White Nationalist Manifesto

    From Plato to Postmodernism

    The Gizmo

    Return of the Son of Trevor Lynch's CENSORED Guide to the Movies

    Toward a New Nationalism

    The Smut Book

    The Alternative Right

    My Nationalist Pony

    Dark Right: Batman Viewed From the Right

    The Philatelist

    Novel Folklore

    Confessions of an Anti-Feminist

    East and West

    Though We Be Dead, Yet Our Day Will Come

    White Like You

    The Homo and the Negro, Second Edition

    Numinous Machines

    Venus and Her Thugs


    North American New Right, vol. 2

    You Asked For It

    More Artists of the Right

    Extremists: Studies in Metapolitics


    The Importance of James Bond

    In Defense of Prejudice

    Confessions of a Reluctant Hater (2nd ed.)

    The Hypocrisies of Heaven

    Waking Up from the American Dream

    Green Nazis in Space!

    Truth, Justice, and a Nice White Country

    Heidegger in Chicago

    The End of an Era

    Sexual Utopia in Power

    What is a Rune? & Other Essays

    Son of Trevor Lynch's White Nationalist Guide to the Movies

    The Lightning & the Sun

    The Eldritch Evola

    Western Civilization Bites Back

    New Right vs. Old Right

    Lost Violent Souls

    Journey Late at Night: Poems and Translations

    The Non-Hindu Indians & Indian Unity

    Baader Meinhof ceramic pistol, Charles Kraaft 2013

    Jonathan Bowden as Dirty Harry

    The Lost Philosopher, Second Expanded Edition

    Trevor Lynch's A White Nationalist Guide to the Movies

    And Time Rolls On

    The Homo & the Negro

    Artists of the Right

    North American New Right, Vol. 1

    Some Thoughts on Hitler

    Tikkun Olam and Other Poems

    Under the Nihil

    Summoning the Gods

    Hold Back This Day

    The Columbine Pilgrim

    Confessions of a Reluctant Hater

    Taking Our Own Side

    Toward the White Republic

    Distributed Titles


    The Node

    The New Austerities

    Morning Crafts

    The Passing of a Profit & Other Forgotten Stories

    Gold in the Furnace