Artists of the Right: Resisting Decadence

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Artists of the Right: Resisting Decadence
Cover of the first English edition
Author(s) Kerry Bolton, Greg Johnson (foreword & editor)
Cover artist Kevin I. Slaughter
Country USA
Language English
Genre(s) Politics
Publisher Counter-Currents Publishing Ltd.
Publication year 2012
Pages 210
ISBN 978-1-935965-13-8

Artists of the Right: Resisting Decadence is a 210 page anthology consisting of articles on authors, artists and other actors in the cultural milieu that either explicitly or implicitly took a stand against the reigning Leftist and/or Liberal paradigm that reigned in their day (and mostly still does), and these artists usually promoted an alternative identitarian and aristocratic perspective on the role of the culturally creating individual's role in society. The book is published by Counter-Currents Publishing and is edited by PhD. Greg Johnson, editor of the online site affiliated with the publisher. The book is written by New Zealand author and PhD. Kerry Bolton. The artists and authors mentioned by Bolton in the work are 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.

From the inside covers

"Kerry Bolton’s Artists of the Right: Resisting Decadence is a study of ten leading 20th-century literary artists—including pioneering modernists—who were sympathetic with Fascism and/or National Socialism: 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. Bolton relates their political commitments to their lives, their art, and their economic, religious, and philosophical convictions. In lucid, driving prose, Kerry Bolton utterly demolishes some of the sturdiest prejudices of the liberal mind."

About the author

"Kerry Bolton holds Doctorates in Theology and a Ph.D. h.c. He is a contributing writer for Foreign Policy Journal and a Fellow of the Academy of Social and Political Research in Greece. His books include Revolution from Above (London: Arktos Media, 2011). His articles have been published by both scholarly and popular media, including the International Journal of Social Economics; Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies; Geopolitika; World Affairs; India Quarterly; The Occidental Quarterly; North American New Right; Radio Free Asia; Irish Journal of Gothic & Horror Studies, Trinity College; International Journal of Russian Studies, and many others. His writings have been translated into French, German, Russian, Italian, Czech, Latvian, Farsi, and Vietnamese."

Said of the book

“Kerry Bolton’s book Artists of the Right blows away the notion of right-wing philistinism and, instead, leads to a radically different assessment of the arts during the first half of the 20th century. For it now appears that almost every significant artist of the period (Pound, Yeats, Lewis) rejected both materialism and the egalitarian solutions of the Left. Bolton’s analysis is brash, opinionated, peppery, honest, and trail-blazing. In the biographies of his major figures he tends to include the material which is habitually left out or skirted over.”

Jonathan Bowden

“Kerry Bolton is a maverick among scholars. In Artists of the Right he distills for us the political, social, and religious thinking of some of the most outstanding artists of the twentieth century in infinitely readable prose. This is a book that belongs on the shelf of every free-thinking patriot and defender of European man.”

Leo Yankevich

“K. R. Bolton’s Artists of the Right is something that we have needed for a long time: a clear and unapologetic study of those literary and artistic figures of the last century who explicitly and forthrightly rejected leftism and left-liberalism. Marxist and socialist ideologies are too easily assumed to be the natural badges of modern artists. Bolton shows that was certainly not the case for a great many major figures of the 20th century. His straightforward exposition of the lives and work of these men shows two things: first, that many important poets, novelists, and thinkers of the 20th century were profoundly rightist in their political views; and second, that they by no means presented a seamless front of solidarity in their opinions. Their independence of mind saved them from leftist groupthink, but it also guaranteed that even among themselves they would be strongly divided on many issues. Bolton’s approach is sympathetic and appreciative, and that in itself is a welcome departure from the condemnatory or patronizing tone that a typical liberal academic would have brought to this task.”

—Dr. Joseph S. Salemi, Hunter College, C.U.N.Y.

“Kerry Bolton is the Noam Chomsky of the New Right. His double doctorates in theology and encyclopedic knowledge of 20th century history qualify him as a guru, and as such I recommend his writings on geopolitics, culture, and spirituality to anyone with more than a passing interest in these subjects. Every day since VE Day has been a Marxist holiday for the culture makers of the West. Artists on the Right is a declaration of the manifest bankruptcy of this legacy.”

—Charles Krafft

“Eye-opening, exhilarating, and inspiring, Bolton examines figures both familiar and almost unknown, constructing a counter-canon to show that, no matter what your teachers told you, the great minds of the 20th century were culturally, politically and spiritually of the Right.”

James J. O’Meara


  • Introduction by Greg Johnson iii
  • Acknowledgments v
  • D. H. Lawrence 1
  • H. P. Lovecraft 10
  • Gabriele D’Annunzio 21
  • Filippo Marinetti 32
  • W. B. Yeats 53
  • Knut Hamsun 73
  • Ezra Pound 97
  • Wyndham Lewis 120
  • Henry Williamson 143
  • Roy Campbell 164
  • Index 189
  • About the Author 198

Publication data

Artists of the Right: Resisting Decadence, Kerry Bolton, 2012, Counter-Currents Publishing, ISBN 978-1-935965-13-8


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