Kelland as Poet and Scholar


An essay published in the journal Sino-Platonic Papers, contained in a special issue of the journal entitled "The Scholar as Poet: Essays and Translations in Honor of Jonathan Chaves. The essay on Kelland is chapter 19, beginning on p. 417.

Included with permission and written by:

David K. Schneider
Associate Professor,
Director of East Asian Languages and Cultures,
University of Massachusetts Amherst

 The Cat's-Paw as a contribution to the many political reform movements of the 1930s 

Kelland in Politics

Kelland served as the Republican National  Committeeman from Arizona from 1950 to 1956. (More in Wikipedia)


 CBK wrote the Forward to the Barry Goldwater biography Freedom Is His Flight Plan by Stephen Shadegg. It reads, in part:: 

It has  been my privilidge to know intimately many of the great leaders and heroes of our country. There was, first and foremost, Herbert Hoover, then Robert Taft, Woodrow Wilson, these the outstandng poltical figures of the past two generations.  I consider the Arizona Senator fit to sit at table with them and to let his voice be raised in their company.  


 Richard Milhouse Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician by Roger Morris.   p. 74-75; p.669-670.
CBK was Nixon's favorite author growing up.  P.669 :   Nixon read his stories almost obsessively throughout his boyhood.  Growing up in a very strict, Quaker home, CBK's stories were provided to him by his mother as "approved reading".  He was a huge Scattergood Baines fan.  This is interesting considering that eventually in the early 50's both become potential candidates for Vice President on the GOP ticket.  CBK would likely have been Robert Taft's choice, while Nixon was Eisenhower's pick.  The student and the teacher crossing paths at a very historic moment!

The whole backroom negotiations/dealings in the Republican party at that time are fascinating and CBK was in the middle of it all.  \(Contributed by R.Parker) 

EISENHOWER and the Declaration of Principles

 Eisenhower and the American Crusades by Herbert S. Parmat; ch. 11, pg. 58..   gives reference to the 'Declaration of Principles'.  "Kelland had written, in 1950 ,the 'Declaration of Principles', an official party credo that had reduced the essential American issues to 'liberty verses socialism'."

The "Declaration" received public rejection by the Dewey camp within the GOP, and yet it was a document that Dwight Eisenhower greatly identified with. .  


President Hoover often consulted with Kelland, his trusted advisor.