80R. Harrod to J. D. Woodruff, 8 September 1924 [a]

The exchange continues at 81 R. Harrod reports that the Workers' Educational Association "holds out prospects of a class at working". [1] Harrod expects that "the class will fail of what Kenneth Lindsay regards as its chief object, to shake me to my senses. It is still all vague." Referring to his chronic lack of money and to the commitments he has to take in order to raise some, Harrod comments: "Academic economics hasnt a very great hold on me. And when, in any case, will there be time for them?" "I feel keenly how all the better things have got pushed out by my mere profession. It has gradually encroached. Schools came towards the end to take up a good deal of my time but they remained even in the 1921-2 days of second interest. What had the vital held was the better things. Now imperceptibly the professional interest has come to absorb everything, and the important questions are discussed as mere pastime in an odd hour off. It is very revolting. It is hideous." "When I ask myself what the Oxford of next term means the answer appears to be Lindemann, and again Lindemann, and again Lindemann. [2] In the background are the vague very vague figures of free-love Parker, Connolly, [b] Harold Acton." [3]

  1. 1. On Harrod's class see letter 81 R. A year later, Harrod was invited to hold some tutorials in economics or industrial history: see letter 91 R.

    2. On F. A. Lindemann see letter 82 R, in particular note 3 .

    3. This is the circle of undergraduate aesthetes that Harrod cultivated as a young don: see note 1 to letter 127 R, and The Prof. (Harrod 1959), p. 42. On the aesthetes in Oxford, and in particular on Cyril Connolly and Harold Acton, see C. M. Bowra, Memories 1898-1939 (1966), pp. 154-60. Harrod's own recollection on the group, with portraits of its main members (Brian Howard, John Sutro, Robert Byron, Billy Clonmore, Henry Yorke, Mark Ogilvie-Grant, Michael Rosse, Hugh Lygon, Roger Spence and Bryan Guinness) is printed in M.-J. Lancaster, Brian Howard. Portrait of a Failure (1968), pp. 206-15. Harrod was Acton's tutor at Christ Church: some correspondence survives regarding Acton's studies, in HPBL Add. 71609.

    In another letter to Woodruff, dated 25 March 1925, Harrod wrote that "the amusement to be derived from J. L. Parker is slight. [... He] is both frivolous and pugnacious". Of Sutro, he noted that he "is admirable & very sympathetic. But his interest now is mainly to run in and out of parties". Although he liked most of Sutro's friends, Harrod remarked that "there is a great gulf" (in DWP Box 3 Folder 23).

    1. a. From Blooms, S t Margarets-at-Cliffe, Kent # , six pages ALS, in DWP Box 3 Folder 23.

      b. Ms: «Conolly».


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