Ralph de Toledano, RIP

I’ve just heard that Ralph de Toledano has died. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but I did speak with him on the phone on several occasions, exchanged correspondence with him, and was honored to publish his work at The American Conservative. In his late 80s, he continued to write more elegantly and cogently than journalists a third of his age. Several of his books are well worth track down; I especially recommend his memoir Lament for a Generation.

Addendum: There’s a great profile of Ralph by his friend and co-author Hugh Newton up at the Human Events blog. And here is the NY Times obit.


2 thoughts on “Ralph de Toledano, RIP

  1. R J Stove February 8, 2007 / 11:34 am

    My fave witticism by Ralph de Toledano is the dedication for Seeds of Treason (dealing with Alger Hiss, and co-written with Victor Lasky): “To Joseph Stalin, without whose help this book would never have been written”.

    I’ve been told that he enjoyed one privilege that made him unique among The American Conservative‘s contributors. He alone, it seems, was permitted to submit his copy in typewritten – rather than in word-processed and E-mailed – form.

    Someone ought to write a longish article about RDT’s life and career. I see he started his magazine-editing work back in 1937. Sixty-nine years laboring for periodicals is some sort of record, surely?

  2. Daniel McCarthy February 8, 2007 / 10:07 pm

    Though I probably shouldn’t say it, lest other people get ideas, Ralph was not alone among American Conservative contributors in submitting his material in typescript. One other, much younger semi-frequent contributor did so as well. As did Peter Stanlis when he reviewed Wes McDonald’s book on Russell Kirk. So there are a few exceptions.

    I’m writing a shortish piece on Ralph (no room for a longish one, unfortunately) for a forthcoming issue of TAC. I hope I do him justice.

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