Books: The Cool World

PERSONS AND PLACES by George Sanfayana. 598 pages. Scr/bner. $7.50.

SANTAYANA: THE LATER YEARS by Daniel Cory. 330 pages. Braziller. $7.50.

William James looked doubtfully at the frail, pockmarked, rather effeminate Harvard freshman. "You don't really want to go in for philosophy, do you?" he asked George Santayana.

Santayana did, and his reputation eventually rivaled James's. But most of James's contemporaries agreed that Santayana was a fellow who just did not fit in. Born in Spain and brought up in Boston, he was never really at home in Europe or the U.S. At a time when...

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