- Existence: 8 May 1934 - 3 March 1993
Melvin E. Bradford was born and grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and got his B.A. and M.A. in English at the University of Oklahoma. He discovered I’ll Take My Stand as an undergraduate and felt that he had encountered kindred spirits in the Agrarians. Inspired by the essays, Bradford went on a quest to get his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University, where he studied under Donald Davidson. After he graduated, he taught English at the United States Naval Academy, at the Northwestern State University of Louisiana, and at the University of Dallas, where he stayed from 1967 until his death. In addition to his literary work, Bradford became active in conservative politics, campaigning for Ronald Reagan and others, but drew a great deal of criticism for his often rigidly paleoconservative viewpoints. He was the author of several essays and books, including Remembering Who We Are: Observations of a Southern Conservative (1985) and From Eden to Babylon : The Social and Political Essays of Andrew Nelson Lytle (1990). He died in Midland, Texas, in 1993.