Santayana: the Later Years: A Portrait with Letters

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Five: 1933
So it is agreed that I will look after you for the present...do just what the spirit moves you to do, and I will help you along as long and as well as I can.

I N THE autumn, while Santayana was still in London, I had moved with his approval to a large popular hotel in Lancaster Gate, where, by the time the new year opened, I found myself caught up in a rather gay if miscellaneous society. This hardly excuses, however, a certain negligence that is noted in the first sentence of a letter of January 9:

The long letter that you announced a month ago has never come; I infer that you are happy in London...

Mrs. Van Meter Ames, wife of a young prof. of phil. in Cincinnati, has sent me an account of my conversation with them at lunch at the Castello dei Cesari and elsewhere: a sort of Boswell to this Johnson. It makes me out rather like a red-faced old Major in Bath spluttering his damn-mes and don't-you-knows about things in general; but I have no objection and have only corrected the English which good innocent Mrs. Ames imagines that I speak.

I have received, from an objectionable friend in Boston, an objectionable book by Bernard Shaw, called A Black Girl in Search of God. There are amusing turns, but as a whole it is trash. Do you care to have it?

The novel is advancing slowly but solidly. I feel that I have solved the greatest difficulty in the earlier part, viz., the yacht episodes. Miss Tindall is making two copies, and I could send you one if you cared to have it. I suspect that

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Prologue 11
  • One: 1927-28 15
  • Two: 1929 37
  • Three: 1930-31 59
  • Four: 1932 89
  • Five: 1933 106
  • Six: 1934 122
  • Seven: 1935 146
  • Eight: 1936 165
  • Nine: 1937 181
  • Ten: 1938 193
  • Eleven: 1939 206
  • Twelve: 1940-41 225
  • Thirteen: 1942-46 245
  • Fourteen: 1947-48 266
  • Fifteen: 1949-50 290
  • Sixteen: 1951-52 306
  • Epilogue 328
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