George Santayana's Marginalia: A Critical Selection, Volume 2: McCord-Zeller

George Santayana's Marginalia: A Critical Selection, Volume 2: McCord-Zeller

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, could be extra attention-grabbing than the text." Santayana himself was once an inveterate maker of notes within the margins of his books, writing (although well, by no means scrawling) reviews that remove darkness from, contest, or apparently extend the author's notion. those volumes supply a range of Santayana's marginalia, transcribed from books in his own library. those notes provide the reader an strange point of view on Santayana's lifestyles and paintings. he's via 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 challenge for the niceties of English prose and the putting of Greek accessory marks.

These volumes record alphabetically by way of writer the entire books extant that belonged to Santayana, reproducing a variety of his annotations meant to be of use to the reader or pupil of Santayana's idea, his paintings, and his existence. every one access contains a headnote with the author's identify, the name of the paintings, short ebook details, and the library place of the publication. now not 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 conversing again to, a superb miscellany of writers, from Spinoza to Kant to J. S. Mill to Bertrand Russell. those notes record these conversations.

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