chapter  11
18 Pages

Enterprise as Adventure; or, The Golden Calf Dance in John Maynard Keynes's General Theory

John Maynard Keynes, whose father was also a Cambridge logician and economist, grew up in an intellectual environment in the family home on Harvey Road. While never ostentatious, it was "well staffed" and full of lively debate and argumentation.) Although his father made himself responsible for his son's early education, this never went to the lengths practiced in the Mill family. There were readings from Dickens and visits to selected plays showing in the London theater. The British Empire appeared richer and stronger than ever; the chances that the younger Keynes (1883-1946) would achieve a responsible position were increased after his acceptance at Eton. Being quick in thought and word, he was popular with both teachers and other children. He read much and already as a twelve-year-old was a recognized customer in the Cambridge bookshops. It was on his suggestion that the calf bindings on Eton's prize books were abolished, since this resulted in objects that were only of interest to book collectors.2 Nevertheless, in later years, many an expensive volume from the London book auctions disappeared into his personal collection.