The Works of George Santayana

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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(IAT), produces The Works of George Santayana, an unmodernized, critical edition of George Santayana’s published and unpublished writings.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), is supported by the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, Indianapolis, and has been honored with generous supporting grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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    Letters in Limbo ~ March 26, 1936

    St._Louis_riverfront_after_demolition_for_Gateway_Arch_(1942)To Cyril Coniston Clemens
    Hotel Bristol
    Rome. March 26, 1936

    I am overwhelmed by your praises of The Last Puritan and the offer of the Mark Twain Medal. Unfortunately, if the offer involves a journey to Saint Louis, my old age and other sad attributes will prevent me from receiving it. However, in any case, please accept my heartfelt thanks.

    From The Letters of George Santayana:  Book Five, 1933-1936.  Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2003.
    Location of manuscript: William R. Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham NC

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