Books: Philosophic Footballer

(See front cover) THE LAST PURITAN—George Santayana —Scribner ($2.75).

Last week the most enigmatic and dramatic of contemporary U. S. writers, from an exile that has lasted 24 years, offered readers his first novel, a work of art so astonishing in view of his past efforts, so unusual in its own right, that even dissenting critics could hail it as a piece of intellectual audacity without precedent in U. S. literature.

George Santayana, distinguished philosopher and poet who abandoned a brilliant academic career at Harvard in 1912, is now 72. The Last...

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