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The Santayana Edition
Persons and Places, the first volume of the edition, is to be published in
1985 by MIT Press. It is a significant editing achievement representing
five years of extensive research and intensive editing.
Unlike many editing projects, the volume will be substantially
different from any previously published versions. It restores significant
passages that had been omitted from all prior publications including
lengthy sections on Spinoza, John Russell, Lionel Johnson, and members
of Santayana's American family, as well as 718 marginal headings. All
this material was part of Santayana's holograph and was deleted from
other publications for a variety of reasons including: Santayana's wish that
portions be published only after his death, publishers' sensitivity about
potential lawsuits, printing and production convenience, and a general
desire to "soften" some of Santayana's remarks. Restoring these passages
provides the first unexpurgated version of Santayana's autobiography and
thereby the first chance for Santayana to speak for himself.
The volume will also have a different "look" than any previously
published published versions. Restoring Santayana's marginal headings
throughout the text gives an appearance to each page that is found in
most of Santayana's published works but was omitted in the
autobiography, and of course the marginal headings also provide valuable
information and often an indication of Santayana's tone. Santayana's
British spelling has been restored as well as his idiosyncratic use of certain
punctuation, and there will be numerous photographs published with the
text. All in all, the thrust of this volume is to produce a work that is as
close to Santayana's final intentions as possible.
The volume will also include extensive supporting material. Richard
C. Lyon has written an introduction that is, in itself, a significant event in
Santayana scholarship. In addition to providing insight into the life and
work of George Santayana, the Introduction enables one to understand
the literary place of Persons and Places as an autobiography. There is a