313. Harrod to Joan Robinson , 16 August 1933 [a]

[Follows on from 312 , answered by 315 ]

51 Campden Hill Square, W.8. #

16 August 1933

My dear Joan

I have just finished reading your book [1] and I must write to congratulate you on this tremendous work.

I have been rather late in reading it partly because I took my holiday early this year in Italy--where the heat made any strenuous reading impossible and partly because before that I was reviewing Chamberlin's book (by the bye, you mis-spell him Chamberlain) for the E.J. and I felt it would be unfair to him to read yours before his. I have inserted two or three lines on Duopoly, which plays rather an important part in him. [2]

As for yours, I think it is a magnificent work. Tho' I have finished it, that is by no means the end of it; it is a gravy to which I feel one will be frequently reverting. As I read it I did not run into anything that struck me as wrong; indeed I didnt expect to, for it was most unlikely that any error which a work of yours might contain would be patent on the first reading.

But it will take a long time before it all sinks in and becomes a part of one's own mental furniture. And only then can one begin to feel one knows a book of this sort.

I dont have the feeling that I shall ever become critical of it. It gave me the sense of a very sure grasp indeed.

Yours

Roy

  1. 1. J. V. Robinson, The Economics of Imperfect Competition (1933).

    2. E. Chamberlin, The Theory of Monopolistic Competition (1933). Harrod, "Theory of Monopolistic Competition" ( 1933:8 ). The passage on duopoly is on p. 662.

    1. a. ALS, two pages on one leaf, in JVR vii/191/11-12.


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