The Santayana Edition
This has been a quietly productive year for the edition. We are presently
working on ten books: The Last Puritan, four books of Letters, and the five books
of The Life of Reason. The Last Puritan is scheduled for publication in fall 1992.
The editorial work is largely completed for the novel, and an inspector from
the Committee on Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association
inspected the work in August 1991. The results of this inspection will be
reported to us this fall, and we do not anticipate any difficulties proceeding
with the publication. John Friedman and I are still working on a possible film
production. At present, we are focusing on the difficult task of locating
We now have over 2400 Santayana letters; only about 400 letters have been
published previously. The Letters volume, edited by William G. Holzberger,
should prove to be one of the more valuable editions for Santayana
We have received funding from the National Endowment for the
Humanities for 1991-93. Obviously, the edition would not be possible without
this federal support. Once again we will have to raise matching funds
amounting to ten thousand dollars.
Perhaps the most engaging news is the international Santayana conference
scheduled for May 27-30, 1992 in Avila, Spain, By August 1991 over twenty
American scholars indicated they would present papers at the conference, and
there was a similar number from Europe and the United Kingdom. This
should be the largest single gathering of international Santayana scholars ever
assembled in one place. And the place is truly marvelous! Avila, even apart
from Santayana's boyhood there, is a most intriguing and inviting medieval
walled city. Please plan to come. Pedro Garcia-Martm is co-chairing the
conference with me.
HERMAN J. SAATKAMP, JR.