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By George Santayana

Through the interval lined by means of this e-book, George Santayana had settled completely in Rome. His best-selling novel, The final Puritan , was once released in London in 1935 and within the usa in 1936, the place it was once selected as a Book-of-the-Month membership choice. In 1936 Santayana turned one of many few philosophers ever to seem at the entrance disguise of Time journal. His starting to be impression used to be evidenced additional via different 1936 courses, Obiter Scripta: Lectures, Essays and studies and Philosophy of Santayana: choices From the Works of George Santayana . additionally in this 12 months the 1st six volumes of the Triton variation, a constrained signed version with major new prefaces, was once released by means of Scribner's. Santayana persisted paintings on the area of fact and the world of Spirit , in addition to his autobiography, individuals and locations .

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Santayana’s sense of humor—or, more precisely, his witty and ironic cast of mind—is much akin to that of Henry James (with whom he shares not only a formal style but also other qualities and characteristics)14 and not at all like that of Mark Twain. Concomitant with Santayana’s ironical view of the world was his own capacity for laughter. He likened himself to Democritus, “the laughing philosopher,” and said that his friends told him that he laughed too much. Yet most of the photographs of Santayana depict him as very grim.

Let me come, anyhow once, and we can judge better whether everything is as usual or whether the barrier you speak of—which certainly is not “Elizabeth” or her affairs—really exists. Shall it be next Tuesday, and if so, what train shall I take? 21 As in the cases of Henry James and A. E. Housman there is no evidence that Santayana was an active or practicing homosexual or that his youthful relationship with Russell (or anyone else, for that matter) was homosexual in a physical sense. 22 Introduction liii Only a deep emotional attachment could have enabled Santayana to continue for so many years to tolerate Russell’s unpleasantness and indifference; yet Santayana appears always to have been aware of Russell’s faults.

Introduction William G. Holzberger George Santayana (1863–1952) was one of the most learned and cultivated men of his time. Born in Spain and educated in America, he taught philosophy at Harvard University for twenty-two years before returning permanently to Europe at age forty-eight to devote himself exclusively to writing. He knew several languages, including Latin and Greek. Besides his mastery of English, he was at home in Spanish and French (though he modestly down-played his knowledge of those languages).

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