By 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, will be extra attention-grabbing than the text." Santayana himself used to be an inveterate maker of notes within the margins of his books, writing (although well, by no means scrawling) reviews that light up, contest, or apparently extend the author's concept. those volumes provide a variety of Santayana's marginalia, transcribed from books in his own library. those notes provide the reader an strange standpoint on Santayana's existence and paintings. he's by way of turns severe (often), approving (seldom), literary, slangy, frivolous, or even spiteful. The notes convey his humor, his occasional outcry at a writer's folly, his drawback for the niceties of English prose and the putting of Greek accessory marks.
These volumes checklist alphabetically by means of writer all of the books extant that belonged to Santayana, reproducing a variety of his annotations meant to be of use to the reader or scholar of Santayana's concept, his artwork, and his lifestyles. each one access incorporates a headnote with the author's identify, the identify of the paintings, short booklet info, and the library situation of the booklet. no longer all marginalia from a given textual content is incorporated; 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, an excellent miscellany of writers, from Spinoza to Kant to J. S. Mill to Bertrand Russell. those notes record these conversations.