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THE LAST PURITAN by George Santayana Kirkus Star


A Memoir In The Form Of A Novel

by George Santayana

Pub Date: Aug. 4th, 1995
ISBN: 0262691787
Publisher: Scribner

This is "news" -- a Santayana that classifies as "fiction" -- and fiction with a good chance for a sale almost, not quite, in the popular class. With the record of the Thomas Wolfe success last Spring, the bookseller has something to shoot at, as it is distinctly of that genre. Try for the intellectual snob appeal market -- it's right down that lane. A philosophical, psychological, biographical novel (yes, those rhythms are intentional) -- the story of a last leaf on the tree of Puritanism, of a youth who died in the war, but who lived long enough to prove once more that the mold of Puritanism has not been broken. The tie-up with The Education of Henry Adams, though fairly obvious, is completely justified. An important book, in the American tradition.