220px-Victor_Von_Hagen_002To Victor Wolfgang von Hagen
Via S. Stefano Rotondo, 6
Rome. March 26, 1950

I am hoping this summer to finish the revision of what is to be my last book, Dominations & Powers. After that I have no particular reason for remaining alive, although I shall certainly not be bored if I go on living.

From The Letters of George Santayana:  Book Eight, 1948-1952.  Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008.
Location of manuscript: Unknown.


EzraPoundTo Daniel MacGhie Cory
Grand Hotel
Rome. March 25, 1941

I have not felt like working. The introduction to the proposed new edition of Realms hangs fire, and so does Persons & Places; but the fire still burns under the ashes, and I am confident that it will break out before long into a modest flame of sorts, if not into any great illumination.

Ah, no! Ezra Pound has also been here: he is speaking through the radio for the government!

From The Letters of George Santayana:  Book Seven, 1941-1947.  Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2006.
Location of manuscript: Butler Library, Columbia University, Cambridge MA.

 


George_SantayanaTo Ottoline Cavendish–Bentick Morrell
C/o Brown Shipley & Co.
123 Pall Mall, S.W.1
Rome. March 24, 1928

You mustn’t think that my affection for England has in the least cooled: only it has become retrospective, I like to think of what it used to be, and the present and future seem to offer nothing there that can tempt me.

From The Letters of George Santayana:  Book Four, 19281932.  Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2003.
Location of manuscript: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin TX.


KarlJaspersTo Paul Arthur Schilpp
Via Santo Stefano Rotondo, 6
Rome. March 23, 1950

My impression of Jaspers’ philosophy has been favourable, and I admire his sincerity and thoroughness; but all the present movements. Logical Positivism and Existentialism-and even Jaspers, seem to me rather attempts to seize some floating spar from the wreck than to build a fresh habitable log cabin on terra firma. Am I wrong?

From The Letters of George Santayana:  Book Eight, 1948-1952.  Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008.
Location of manuscript: Morris Library, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale IL.


about_imageTo Charles Augustus Strong
Rome. March 22, 1925

I am at this moment struggling with Dewey’s “Experience and Nature” which I am to review for the Whited Sepulchre—a formidable task; but I don’t regret having undertaken it, because it seems that, after intense application and infinite patience in suspending judgement on opinions evidently absurd in form—according to my understanding of words—a certain order and naturalness begin to appear in his theory, which has many elements in it which I like extremely.

From The Letters of George Santayana:  Book Three, 1921-1927.  Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2002.
Location of manuscript: Rockefeller Archive Center, Sleepy Hollow NY.