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The Santayana Edition, part of the Institute for American Thought (IAT), produces The Works of George Santayana, an unmodernized, critical edition of George Santayana’s published and unpublished writings. The critical editing process aims to produce texts that accurately represent Santayana’s final intentions regarding his works, and to present all evidence on which editorial decisions have been based. The Works of George Santayana is projected to be 20 volumes consisting of at least 35 books. It is published by The MIT Press (Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England) and is supported by the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, Indianapolis and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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    Letters in Limbo ~ September 29, 1923

    russellTo Charles Augustus Strong
    University Arms Hotel
    Cambridge, England. September 29, 1923

    After a week in London I have been for four days to Telegraph House—actually driven there by his lordship in a new glass car. I asked no questions on the way, and received no information as to what awaited me, thinking I should very likely be greeted by “Mollie” with all her old Irish cordiality. Not at all. In the hall stood a man-servant and two maids at attention—and not a soul besides! We had good weather and took some drives, and discussed only indifferent subjects, barely touching on politics (on which we don’t agree). Russell was unchanged save for whiter hair and a somewhat more subdued manner. There was a cat and four dogs (not counting a big one in the stables) and we went one day to tea at a widow’s, who I suspect may be the star now in the ascendant.

    From The Letters of George Santayana:  Book Three, 1921-1927.  Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2002.
    Location of manuscript: Rockefeller Archive Center, Sleepy Hollow NY

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