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(IAT), produces The Works of George Santayana, an unmodernized, critical edition of George Santayana’s published and unpublished writings.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

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    Letters in Limbo ~ July 17, 1901

    To Susan Sturgis de Sastre
    Oxford, England. July 17, 1901

    Dear Susie

    I have been in England a week or ten days, waiting to make definite plans for the summer before writing to you. They are hardly made yet, but on the point which most concerns you, whether I shall get as far as Avila or not in my wanderings, I may say that I don’t think it likely. I must absolutely do some solid work, and unless I get fagged and bored, so that work becomes impossible, I mean to stay here and keep at it all summer . . .

    . . . I staid in America unusually late this year and had a horrid time. The heat was unspeakable, and after my lectures were over I was bored and restless, longing to get away. What kept me was a function at the Phi Beta Kappa, where they had asked me to read some verses, and as that is locally regarded as an honour, I was obliged to accept and stay. But it will never happen again, so that in future years I may hope to have a longer vacation and more time for a visit to you.

    From The Letters of George Santayana:  Book One, [1868]–1909.  Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2001.
    Location of manuscript: Alderman Library, University of Virginia at Charlottesville.


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