George Santayana's Marginalia: A Critical Selection, Volume 1: Abell-Lucretius

George Santayana's Marginalia: A Critical Selection, Volume 1: Abell-Lucretius

George Santayana


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In his essay "Imagination," George Santayana writes, "There are books during which the footnotes, or the reviews scrawled through a few reader's hand within the margins, might be extra fascinating than the text." Santayana himself used to be an inveterate maker of notes within the margins of his books, writing (although smartly, by no means scrawling) reviews that remove darkness from, contest, or curiously extend the author's suggestion. those volumes provide a range of Santayana's marginalia, transcribed from books in his own library. those notes supply the reader an strange standpoint on Santayana's existence and paintings. he's by way of turns serious (often), approving (seldom), literary, slangy, frivolous, or even spiteful. The notes convey his humor, his occasional outcry at a writer's folly, his situation for the niceties of English prose and the putting of Greek accessory marks.

These volumes checklist alphabetically through writer all of the books extant that belonged to Santayana, reproducing a range of his annotations meant to be of use to the reader or scholar of Santayana's inspiration, his paintings, and his lifestyles. each one access features a headnote with the author's identify, the name of the paintings, short ebook details, and the library position of the e-book. no longer all marginalia from a given textual content is integrated; the notes were chosen for content material and style.

Santayana, usually residing in solitude, spent loads of his time chatting with, and speaking again to, a superb miscellany of writers, from Spinoza to Kant to J. S. Mill to Bertrand Russell. those notes rfile these conversations.

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