The Santayana Edition
We are very happy to announce the publication of Book Three [1921-1927] of The
Letters of George Santayana, which appeared in June 2002. Previously, Book Two
[1910-1920] was released in mid-December 2001, and Book One [1869-1909] was
published in the Spring of 2001. All are parts of the eight-book edition of Volume V
of The Works of George Santayana. Thanks to the work of the Santayana Edition
team under the leadership of Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., General Editor, with Textual
Editor William G. Holzberger and with the substantial support of Indiana University-
Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), the process of editing seems rhythmical and
every six months successive books may be expected. Like all the previously produced
volumes of the edition, these newly published ones were also printed by The MIT
Press and given the seal of approval of The Modern Language Association of
America's Committee on Scholarly Editions. The work on Book Four has been
practically completed and its publication may be expected soon.
Satisfaction about this progress has been reinforced by support from the National
Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). A two-year grant received in May 2002 may
be seen as appreciation of the work done by the Santayana Edition and as
enhancement for the future; its $20,000 direct funds and $60,000 matching funds will
give significant and much appreciated support to the project.
Marianne S. Wokeck, Editor, was on a long-planned sabbatical for 2001-2002,
and in January, Kris Frost, Associate Editor, celebrated sixteen years at the Edition;
their systematic effort is a major contribution to our undertaking. Johanna Resler,
Assistant Editor, and Kimberly O'Brien, Research Assistant, both of whom joined
The Santayana Edition in 2001, should be thanked for their immense work on the
preparation of these volumes.
For more information about the project, view The Santayana Edition web page at
Krzysztof (Chris) Piotr Skowronski, a Santayana scholar from Poland, has been
awarded a Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship for the Academic Year of 2001/2002.
It may be hoped that his stay at the Santayana Edition at IUPUI and at Vanderbilt
University, Nashville, Tennessee, as well as his meetings with top experts on
Santayana, will result in better recognition of that philosopher in Poland too.
Skowronski's scholarship has been focused upon three goals: firstly, introduction of
Santayana's writings to Polish readers (philosophical presentation accompanied by
translations); secondly, studies on its actuality and applicability; and thirdly,
investigation into Santayana's system, with special attention to axiology.
KRZYSZTOF PIOTR SKOWRONSKI
Indiana University — Purdue University Indianapolis rjrjpujj