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The Life and Times of J. Neville Keynes

A Beacon in the Tempest The late Phyllis Deane, formerly Professor Emeritus of Economic History, University of Cambridge, Honorary Fellow, Newnham College, Cambridge and a Fellow of the British Academy, UK
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.
Extent: 336 pp
Hardback Price: $154.00 Web: $138.60
Publication Date: 2001
ISBN: 978 1 84064 534 7
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic History
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Post-Keynesian Economics
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.

It is the insight into J. Neville Keynes’s personality, as well as his moral integrity as a diarist, which gives this book a particularly illuminating perspective from which to view the social and educational revolution that transformed Cambridge University during the last quarter of the nineteenth and the first quarter of the twentieth century. The Life and Times of J. Neville Keynes faithfully records the shifts in, and debates on, the educational, constitutional and financial context within which the academic revolution gradually and often stormily developed and in which J. Neville Keynes played such a vital and integral part.
‘Deane’s biography is based on extensive research, and is clearly written and definitive. She has successfully leavened the contented ordinariness of Neville Keynes’ life with the parallel history of Cambridge.’
– Athol Fitzgibbons, Australian Economic History Review

‘. . . Deane’s honest and thoroughly researched biography . . . accurately records his [Keynes] frustrations, concerns, ambitions and joys as bachelor, family man and Cambridge don. Particularly illuminating is the account of the vital and integral part Neville Keynes played in the social and educational revolution that transformed Cambridge University during the last quarter of the nineteenth and the first quarter of the twentieth century. This is a notable achievement.’
– Mark Donoghue, Economic Record

‘An enviable addition to economist biography by a formidable historian now well in her middle eighties. Definitely order this for your library and . . . treat yourself to a copy of this delightful insight into a half century of a Cambridge University life during the late Victorian and Edwardian eras.’
– Peter Groenewegen, History of Economics Review

‘I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book . . . It contains a balanced and informative account of the life and family background of a key figure in the development of Cambridge, the author of what is, by common consent, a classic on economic methodology, and the father of the most influential economist of the twentieth century (and of a world famous surgeon for good measure).’
– D.P. O’Brien, University of Durham, UK
Contents: Preface 1. Origins 2. The Undergraduate Experience 3. College Fellow in a Changing University 4. Bachelor Don at Large 5. Career of a Moral Scientist 6. Late-Victorian Family Life 7. Academic Administration 8. Faculty Conflicts and Tripos Reform 9. Post-Victorian Academic Family 10. The Impact of War 11. Beacon in Retirement Index