859R. J. M. Keynes to Harrod, 20 October 1938 [a]

No longer having editorial responsibility about the Cambridge Economic Handbooks, Keynes only gave a "cursory reading" to the revised version of Harrod's International Economics. [1] At first sight he found it excellent; he comments: "I have no criticisms worth making. I do feel, however, not for the first time that modern efforts at so-called elementary economics are much more difficult than the advanced treatment! They say much the same things without the background and the full development of the argument and the meeting of the possible objections by an intelligent but inexperienced reader, for which there is no time or space in the elementary book, but which are to be found in the more advanced treatments". Keynes encloses £5 as a contribution towards the expenses for Lindsay's campaign, [2] and comments on the political situation.

  1. 1. Harrod, International Economics (Harrod 1939:3 ).

    2. Harrod was supporting Lindsay as a Popular Front candidate at the Oxford by-election: see notes 1 and 6 to press item 28 for context.

    1. a. From King's College, Cambridge # , two pages TLS with autograph corrections and additions, in HP II/90. Reproduced by kind permission of the Provost and Scholars, King's College, Cambridge.


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