The Life and Times of J. Neville Keynes

The Life and Times of J. Neville Keynes

A Beacon in the Tempest

Phyllis Deane

This fascinating biography of an economist who was also a logician and administrator, is based mainly upon his virtually continuous diary. The diary provides an intimate commentary on the academic developments and conflicts in which he was closely involved as well as on his life as undergraduate, bachelor and family man.

Chapter 9: Post-Victorian academic family

Phyllis Deane

Subjects: economics and finance, economic psychology, history of economic thought, post-keynesian economics


1 THE NEW CENTURY When Queen Victoria died in the first month of the first year of the twentieth century, seven sat down to dinner in the dining room of 6 Harvey Road. In addition to Florence and Neville, there were his mother Anna (with a widowed old friend currently visiting her in Bateman Street) and three teenagers in the last week of their school holidays – Maynard and Margaret from Eton and Wycombe Abbey, respectively, and Geoffrey still a Cambridge day-boy at St Faith’s. The Diary for Sunday 22 January 1901 recorded: The Queen died at 6.30 pm. The first information we had was the tolling (at intervals of one minute) of the bell of the Roman Catholic Church – begun just after we sat down to dinner (at 7.30). After dinner Maynard and Geoffrey went out and bought a copy of the Daily News containing particulars. The German Emperor came over on Sunday to be with his Grandmother at the end. Less than nine months later all three of the Keynes children were happily settled in boarding schools and the eldest had already won the scholarship to King’s College, which he was to enter in October 1902. For the family in residence at no. 6, life had never been fuller or happier than it was in the first decade of the new century. A growing investment income ensured that there were no money problems constraining their expenditures on holidays or hobbies or on offering hospitality to friends and family members....

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