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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(IAT), produces The Works of George Santayana, an unmodernized, critical edition of George Santayana’s published and unpublished writings.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 ~ May 24, 1949

    H0014-L16590875To Allison Delarue
    Via Santo Stefano Rotondo, 6
    Rome. May 24, 1949

    Dear Mr. Delarue,

    Your kind note and Eugene Berman’s designs make me think of Paris and the Russian Ballet of fifty years ago rather than of Italy where I live pleasantly but far from all artists and festive shows.

    They also make me think of an old friend who I understand has become a sort of patron empressario for ballets in New York, George de Cuevas. His wife is the daughter of Charles Strong, with whom I had my pied-â-terre in Paris for many years; and I took his place (he being at a sanatorium in Switzerland) at his daughter’s marriage. You see how modern the existence of an old recluse may become in this “age-of-troubles”.

    The Russian ballet was, of all modern novelties, the one that seemed to me to set the arts really on the highway again. But have they kept to it?

    Yours sincerely,
    G Santayana

    From The Letters of George Santayana:  Book Eight, 1948-1952.  Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008.
    Location of manuscript: Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Libraries, Princeton NY

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