Philosopher, poet, critic of culture and literature, and best-selling novelist, George Santayana was unquestionably one of the great men of letters of our time. Persons and Places inaugurates a new definitive edition of Santayana's works that aims to come as close to his final intentions as possible. This first volume includes three books - Persons and Places, The Middle Span, and My Host the World - covering Santayana's youth, education, and teaching in Boston and Cambridge, his travels abroad, and ending shortly before his death in Rome in the early 1950s.
Persons and Places is the first unexpurgated version of Santayana's autobiography. substantially different from any previously published versions of Santayana's work, it restores 718 marginal headings and significant passages that have been omitted in the past, including lengthy sections on Spinoza, John Russell, Lionel Johnson, and members of Santayana's American family. All of this material was a part of Santayana's manuscript and was deleted from earlier publications for a variety of reasons, including his wish that portions be published only after his death, publishers' sensitivity about potential lawsuits, printing and production convenience, and a general desire to "soften" some of Santayana's remarks.
Physically, Persons and Places differs from other editions as well. Along with the restoration of marginal headings, which provide valuable information and often an indication of the author's tone, it includes Santayana's British spelling and punctuation as well as his idiosyncratic use of certain punctuation, and numerous photographs. Richard Lyon's Introduction is a significant contribution to American scholarship that not only explores Santayana's life and work but also enables us to understand the literary place of Persons and Places. The editorial apparatus includes a variants list, emendations list, notes to the text, discussions of adopted texts, and a section identifying persons mentioned in the autobiography.
The Santayana edition, with over 20 volumes planned in all, was initiated by members of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. William G. Holzberger is Associate Professor of English at Bucknell University. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. is Professor and Head, Department of Philosophy and Humanities, Texas A&M University.
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William G. Holzberger is Professor of English Emeritus at Bucknell University.From Library Journal:
This first volume of the projected 19-volume definitive edition of Santayana's works includes three autobiographical books: Persons and Places, The Middle Span, and My Host the World. Material omitted in past editions (including remarks on Spinoza, John Russell, and Lionel Johnson and 718 marginal headings) is at last restored, and a useful introduction focuses on key events in Santayana's life that led to his sense of himself as "the inveterate stranger." While all this material is a boon to scholars, general readers will most appreciate the ease and insight of these memoirs, the philosophical reflections, the remarks on interesting personalities, and the portrait of turn-of-the-century America. Editorial apparatus and photos not seen. Richard Kuczkowski, Dir., Continuing Education, Dominican Coll., Blauvelt, N.Y.
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Descripción The MIT Press, 1987. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110262192381
Descripción The MIT Press, 1987. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Critical edition. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0262192381