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George Santayana
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    (December 16, 1863-September 26, 1952)
    Birth name was Jorge Agustín Nicolás de Santayana
    Wrote 'The Last Puritan: A Memoir in the Form of a Novel,' 'Persons And Places,' 'Three Philosophical Poets: Lucretius, Dante, and Goethe,' 'Interpretations of Poetry and Religion,' 'Skepticism and Animal Faith' and 'The Life of Reason'
    Many were upset with him for choosing to live in Italy while Benito Mussolini was in power.
    He disliked heterosexuality and referred to heterosexual sex as 'breeding.'
    He hated Germany because he believed it to be the home of idealism (the belief that everything that exists is mind dependant).
    He was a conservative.
    He was a pragmatist.
    Although he did not know any English at nine (when his family moved to the US), he mastered it by the time that he was an adult and wrote poetry and a novel in it.
    He studied at Harvard and Cambridge.
    Although he was a Christian, he believed in naturalism.
    He was on February 3, 1936 cover of 'Time' magazine.
    'Persons and Places' and 'The Last Puritan' were Book-of-the-Month Club selections.
    T.S. Eliot and Robert Frost were students of his.
    Although he disagreed with him on just about everything, he was good friends with Bertrand Russell and gave him an anonymous gift of $25,000 when Russell was denied a teaching position.

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