Albert Jay Nock was an influential American libertarian author, educational theorist, and social critic of the early and middle 20th century. He was born in Scranton, PA, the son of Emma Sheldon (Jay) and Joseph Albert Nock, a steelworker and Episcopal priest. He was raised in Brooklyn, New York. Nock attended St. Stephen’s College (now known as Bard College), and had a brief career as a minor league baseball player. He fathered two children during a short-lived marriage to Agnes Grumbine.
He was a journalist, author, and member of the clergy in the Episcopal Church, a contributor to The Nation and The Atlantic, and co-editor of The Freeman. He published a biography of Thomas Jefferson as well as several other books, including his autobiography Memoirs of a Superfluous Man.
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