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Lytton Strachey and other Cultural Influences on Keynes’s Communications of Economic Ideas in Economic Consequences of the Peace

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dc.contributor.author Lepper, Larry
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-12T02:39:20Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-05T02:07:04Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-12T02:39:20Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-05T02:07:04Z
dc.date.copyright 2011
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/18599
dc.description.abstract When Economic Consequences of the Peace appeared during December 1919 it was an immediate publishing success, although Keynes’s argument that the book was a serious work of economics met with a controversial response that continues to the present day. While most critics’ focus on the books economic arguments, there has, to date, been limited analysis of the reasons for the success Keynes enjoyed in communicating his ideas to a wider audience. By applying the tools of literary criticism to the book it is possible to uncover a number of implicit and explicit influences, which help explain how Keynes developed a unique way of reaching out to a wide range of readers. These influences began when Keynes was a young man at Eton, where he came under the sway of the school’s anti-Benthamite sentiment, and which never left him. When he went up to Cambridge he came under the influence of the philosopher G. E. Moore, whose message of friendship and community profoundly affected his activities in the Cambridge Apostles and his later association with Bloomsbury. His close friendship with the fellow Apostle Lytton Strachey, and their shared views on homosexuality, was particularly important, as was Bloomsbury’s Virginia Woolf and her written mode of psychological realism. Combined, these influences help us understand why the unique styles of each writer was so successful in communicating to such large and diverse audiences. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries BEAN Working Paper Series en_NZ
dc.subject Keynes en_NZ
dc.subject Culture en_NZ
dc.subject Rhetoric en_NZ
dc.subject Literature en_NZ
dc.subject Methodology en_NZ
dc.title Lytton Strachey and other Cultural Influences on Keynes’s Communications of Economic Ideas in Economic Consequences of the Peace en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Economics and Finance en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 149999 Economics not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 140101 History of Economic Thought en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Working or Occasional Paper en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 389999 Other economics not elsewhere classified en_NZ
dc.rights.rightsholder www.vuw.ac.nz/sef en_NZ

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