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Letters of George Santayana, 1948-1952

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ISBN-10: 0262195712

ISBN-13: 9780262195713

Edition: 2008

Authors: George Santayana, William G. Holzberger, Herman J. Saatkamp, Marianne S. Wokeck

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This final volume of Santayana's letters spans the last five years of the philosopher's life. Despite the increasing infirmities of age and illness, Santayana continued to be remarkably productive during these years, working steadily until September 1952, when he died of stomach cancer, just three months short of his eighty-ninth birthday. Still living in the nursing home run by the "Blue Sisters" of the Little Company of Mary in Rome (now with such prewar luxuries as hot baths and central heating restored), Santayana completed his book Dominations and Powers,which had been more than fifty years in the making, the final part of his autobiography Persons and Places, published posthumously in…    
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Book details

List price: $80.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 6/13/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 704
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

A gentle philosopher-poet, born and reared in Spain, educated at Harvard University and later professor of philosophy there, George Santayana resided in England, France, and Italy after 1914. At the beginning of World War II, he entered the nursing home in Rome managed by nuns known as the Blue Sisters and remained there until his death. His last book, The Poet's Testament (1953), contains a few unpublished lyrics, several translations, and two plays in blank verse. The title comes from the poem read at his funeral, which begins: "I give back to the earth what the earth gave/All to the furrow, nothing to the grave." Santayana wrote philosophy in an inimitable prose, enriched with imagery…    

William G. Holzberger is Professor of English Emeritus at Bucknell University.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
List of Letters
Letters
Editorial Appendix
Textual Commentary
Short-Title List
Textual Notes
Report of Line-End Hyphenation
Chronology
Addresses
Manuscript Locations
List of Recipients
List of Unlocated Letters
Index