George Santayana: A Biography by John McCormick

By John McCormick

From the past due 19th century to the center of the 20th, George Santayana was once a hugely esteemed and broadly learn author of philosophy, poetry, essays, memoirs, or even a best-selling novel, The final Puritan. After a interval of relative forget, curiosity in his paintings has revived. an entire edited version of his works is in growth and he has develop into the thing of renewed scholarly task. Contributing considerably to the renewal was once John McCormick's 1987 biography, the 1st full-scale quantity to regard an elusive figure's existence and inspiration within the element they deserve.

Santayana's existence was once wealthy in its inside and outer institutions. there has been his start and early adolescence in Spain via a circulation to Boston, the place he got here less than the impression of William James at Harvard. This ended in his profession at Harvard as a professor, the place Wallace Stevens, Robert Frost, Conrad Aiken, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Walter Lippmann have been between his dedicated scholars. We see Santayana in correspondence and dialog with Bertrand Russell, G.E. Moore, Ezra Pound, and Robert Lowell.

Predominant in Santayana's existence used to be his philosophical paintings. adverse to the dominant empiricism of Anglo-American philosophy, he left the academy and remained indifferent from either the political and ideological pursuits of early a long time of the 20 th century. McCormick relates his skepticism and materialism to a kind of idealism deriving from his classical schooling in Plato and Aristotle, along with his readings in Descartes and Spinoza. He provides Santayana as a superb stylist in English, who lived a longevity continually in keeping with his stoic epicureanism.

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