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George SantayanaLiterary Philosopher$
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Irving Singer

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780300080377

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300080377.001.0001

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The Last Puritan

The Last Puritan

(p.39) 3 The Last Puritan
George Santayana

Irving Singer

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on one of Santayana's works, The Last Puritan, in which his ability to combine philosophy and literary awareness is most paramount. Throughout the novel the two approaches are organically interrelated, reflecting, in their unity, his reality as he experienced it. Being Santayana's only novel, The Last Puritan was an immediate bestseller when it first appeared in 1935. Two years later, Santayana added a preface in which he discusses the development of the project over a period of forty-five years, as well as his philosophical intentions in this work of fiction. The forty-five-year span that Santayana mentions begins with the period of 1891–93, which Santayana describes in one of his letters as a “second youth of mine [that] was far pleasanter than my first youth.”

Keywords:   philosophy, The Last Puritan, literary awareness, novel, immediate bestseller, philosophical intentions

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