By Associate Professor H. T. Kirby-Smith A.B. M.A.
H. T. Kirby-Smith makes use of Santayana’s 1936 novel, The final Puritan, as either an get together and a method for bringing into concentration the advanced kin among Santayana’s existence, his character, and his philosophy. starting with an account of Santayana’s a number of literary types and arguing for the importance of Santayana’s writing of philosophy as literature, Kirby-Smith notes that Santayana observed the rational existence as a continuing adjustment and lodging of contradictory claims. And he observed a literary variety as an lodging of the writer to the reader.
Chapters 2 via five give you the philosophical history for a attention of The final Puritan, summarizing precisely how Santayana assimilated different philosophies into his own.
Chapters 6 and seven comprise Santayana’s three-volume autobiography, his letters and memoirs, and biographical stories by way of others right into a mental portrait of the writer. All of this can be in coaching for chapters eight and nine, which concentrate on The final Puritan. Kirby-Smith closes with a bankruptcy that serves as a felony short in safeguard of the writer opposed to the cruel, occasionally malicious assaults of his critics.