The Elgar Companion to John Maynard Keynes
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The Elgar Companion to John Maynard Keynes

Edited by Robert W. Dimand and Harald Hagemann

The most influential and controversial economist of the twentieth century, John Maynard Keynes was the leading founder of modern macroeconomics, and was also an important historical figure as a critic of the Versailles Peace Treaty after World War I and an architect of the Bretton Woods international monetary system after World War II. This comprehensive Companion elucidates his contributions, his significance, his historical context and his continuing legacy.
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Chapter 28: Essays in Biography

G.C. Harcourt

Abstract

The entry consists of reflections on Keynes’s Essays in Biography. Keynes originally published his Essays in Biography in 1933. After his death, Rupert Hart-Davies reprinted the volume, adding, with the help of Sir Geoffrey Keynes (Keynes’s brother), “three of the more important of Keynes’s later writings – the essays on … Jevons and Newton and his charming biography of Mary Marshall”. The editors of the Collected Writings republished the essays in 1972 as volume X, adding two previously unpublished but extremely important essays: “Melchior: a defeated enemy” and “My early beliefs”. Special emphasis is given to the essays on Alfred Marshall and Frank Ramsey.

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