Robert Conquest (1917–2015) was the author of 21 books on Soviet history, political philosophy, and international affairs, the most recent being The Dragons of Expectation (2004). His 1968 classic, The Great Terror: Stalin’s Purge of the Thirties, has appeared in most European languages, as well as in Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, and Turkish. Conquest was a Fellow of the British Academy, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Literature, and the British Interplanetary Society. His honors and awards included the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, the Order of the British Empire, the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, the Ukrainian Order of Yaroslav Mudryi, the Estonian Cross of Terra Mariana, the Jefferson Lectureship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Michael Braude Award for Light Verse, the Richard Weaver Award for Scholarly Letters, the Fondazione Liberal Career Award, and the Dan David Prize. He lived with his wife Elizabeth in California, where he worked as a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
Complex, Simple: On Robert Conquest’s “Collected Poems”
Patrick Kurp admires the “Collected Poems” of the renowned historian Robert Conquest, whose verse “ranges from the ribald to the wittily rarefied.”...