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  • In Memoriam: Peter J. Stanlis (1920–2011)

    July 19, 2011
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    "Missing: One Bard"
    ForbesJune 27, 2011

    Peter J. Stanlis, the dean of postwar Edmund Burke studies in America, died peacefully yesterday at the age of ninety-one. As the author of Edmund Burke and the Natural Law (1958), he revolutionized the way Burke was viewed in the academy and made a vital contribution to postwar conservatism. Dr. Stanlis also published widely on the political and social philosophy of Robert Frost. In this recent Forbes column, Amity Shlaes praises Stanlis’s book Robert Frost: The Poet as Philosopher (ISI Books, 2007) for “undoing the stereotype” of Frost as a proud member of the progressive literary establishment.

    But Dr. Stanlis was more than a scholar; he served as mentor to countless students through the decades, both at his own Rockford College and as one of ISI’s most active and popular Faculty Associates.

    Requiescat in pace.

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