Michael Novak is a world renowned social critic, philosopher, and theologian. In his books, lectures, and interviews, Mr. Novak addresses topics concerning human rights, ethnicity, sports, economic and social models, and religion.
The Stonehill College Archives and Special Collections are home to the personal and professional papers of 1956 alum Michael Novak. The Michael Novak Papers are a collection of Mr. Novak’s correspondence, family papers, writings by and about Mr. Novak, travel and lecture files, artifacts, and audio and video recordings of Mr. Novak.
Born in Johnstown, PA on September 9, 1933, Michael Novak is the eldest of Michael J. and Irene (Sakmar) Novak’s five children. In 1947, Mr. Novak entered the Holy Cross Seminary at Notre Dame, and later graduated from Stonehill College in 1956 with an A.B. in Philosophy. From Stonehill, Mr. Novak went on to receive his B.A. in Theology from Gregorian University in 1958 and later transferred to Catholic University. Mr. Novak left the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1960, just prior to his ordination, and began graduate studies at Harvard University, receiving his master’s degree in 1965.
On June 29, 1963, Mr. Novak married Karen Ruth Laub of Cresco, IA. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Laub, Mrs. Novak graduated from Carleton College in 1959 and received her master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Novak had three children: Richard, Tanya, and Jana.
In 1961, Doubleday published Mr. Novak’s first book, The Tiber Was Silver. In the decades following the release of his first book, Mr. Novak published numerous other books and articles, most notably The Rise of the Unmeltable Ethnics (1972), The Joy of Sports (1976), and The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism (1982). In total. Mr. Novak has worked as either author or editor on over forty-five books.