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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(IAT), produces The Works of George Santayana, an unmodernized, critical edition of George Santayana’s published and unpublished writings.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 ~ July 1, 1951

    Justice_Oliver_Wendell_Holmes,_circa_1902To Daniel MacGhie Cory
    Rome. July 1, 1952

    Your second letter arrives today, and one has come also from Mr. Wheelock evidently very seriously and permanently alarmed by you about my approaching death. It is approaching, and my accident was a warning of how accidentally the “One Horse Shay” could collapse at any moment. But every Christian knows that this collapse is possible for him at any age. The probability of its coming tomorrow is hardly greater at ninety than at nineteen. I don’t feel that it is imminent for me now, or during this summer.

    From The Letters of George Santayana:  Book Eight, 1948-1952.  Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008.
    Location of manuscript: Butler Library, Columbia University, New York NY

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