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date: 22 January 2021

Novak, Michaellocked

(9 Sept. 1933–17 Feb. 2017)
  • Bruce J. Evensen


Novak, Michael (9 Sept. 1933–17 Feb. 2017), public intellectual, Catholic theologian, and writer, was the oldest of five children born to Slovak-American parents, Michael John Novak, an insurance salesman, and Irene Louise Sakmar Novak, a stenographer, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Novak’s early taste for serious reading was honed on the family’s bookshelf of Harvard Classics. Between ...

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