Books: A Mind Thinks Back

PERSONS AND PLACES—George Santayana—Scrlbner ($2.50).

Eighty years ago last week, on New Year's Day, 1864, Jorge Agustin Nicolás de Santayana was christened in Madrid. This week he published his autobiography.

It marks a major event in U.S. cultural history. For George Santayana, author of 23 books that have been authoritatively described as the most exquisite philosophical literature ever composed, is the first U.S. thinker whose work and life link the cultures of North and South America and interweave them with the old romantic culture of Spain. Readers may make their own decisions as to...

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