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THE MIDDLE SPAN: VOLUME II, PERSONS AND PLACES — George Santayana —Scribner ($2.50).

As he grew old, writes George Santayana in this second volume of his autobiography, "persons yielded in interest to places." But The Middle Span is mostly about the people the great Spanish-born philosopher knew during his years as a professor of philosophy at Harvard —somnambulistic years he calls them, when his progress was slow, his standing uncertain, and when President Eliot looked on him without approval.

It is less interesting and important than Volume I (TIME, Jan. 10, 1944), which...

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