Ruth Derham’s Bertrand’s Brother: The Marriages, Morals and Misdemeanours of Frank, 2nd Earl Russell (Amberley Publishing, 2021) recounts the life of the close friend of Santayana’s youth Frank Russell. Santayana’s autobiography, Persons and Places (1944, 1945, and 1953) PDF EPUB, was an important source for understanding the life of Frank; and Derham’s engaging book, in turn, provides enlightening personal and cultural context for understanding Santayana’s life and his friendships with both Frank and his brother.


Herman J. Saatkamp’s A Life of Scholarship with Santayana: Essays and Reflections (Brill, 2021) collects nearly fifty years of research by the eminent Santayana scholar and founder of the Santayana Edition. Saatkamp’s work contributes to an understanding of Santayana and applies the sensibilities gained from that scholarship to a broader range of significant topics. The essays cover Santayana’s philosophy, scholarly editing, genetics, and the future of philosophy. The book champions an important American philosopher and exemplifies Saatkamp’s life of scholarship and reflection.



The critical edition of Three Philosophical Poets: Lucretius, Dante, and Goethe, Vol. VIII of The Works of George Santayana (The MIT Press, 2019) is now available. George Santayana’s Three Philosophical Poets was first published in 1910 as the inaugural volume in the still-active Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature series and presents Santayana’s case for the unity of philosophy and poetry. He characterized the work as a “piece of literary criticism, together with a first broad lesson in the history of philosophy.”

The critical edition of Three Philosophical Poets includes a text established in accord with critical editing theories and procedure and comes as close to the author’s original intention as possible. The critical edition also includes an introduction by James Seaton, a textual commentary, a listing of all variants among different editions, rationales for emendations, notes to the text, and an index.


The Annual Meeting of the George Santayana Society will be held at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division meeting at 11:15 AM, Saturday 11 January 2020, Philadelphia 201 Hotel, Philadelphia, PA.

A George Santayana Society-sponsored session entitled “Harmony & Well-Being: Santayana on the Good Life ” will be held at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division meeting at  6:00 PM, Thursday 9 April 2020, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, CA.

Details are available on the Society Meetings page.