Economists' Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics
This collection of essays, a supplement to History of Political Economy, brings together prominent scholars from economics, sociology, literature, and history to examine the role of biography and autobiography in the history of economics. The first of its kind, this volume looks at the relevance of first-person accounts to narrative histories of economics. The essays consider both the potential and the limits of life writing, which has traditionally been used sparingly by historians of economics, and examine types of biographies, the relationship between autobiography and identity, and the writing of biography.
Contributors to this collection question whether biography is essential to understanding the history of economic ideas and consider how autobiographical materials should be read and interpreted by historians. Articles consider the treatment of autobiographical materials such as conversations and testimonies, the construction of heroes and villains, the relationship between scientific biography and literary biography, and concerns related to living subjects. Several essays address the role of biography and autobiography in the study of economists such as F. A. Hayek, Harry Johnson, Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes, Oskar Morgenstern, and François Quesnay, concluding with several accounts of the interconnection of the historians' projects with their own autobiographies.
All 2007 subscribers to History of Political Economy will receive a copy of "Economists' Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics" as part of their subscription.
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The previous account of Marshall's attitudes toward women could easily have
been written by Strachey, as could any of the following passages, chosen more
or less at random. Consider Keynes's (1972, 234) discussion of Mary Paley's
For example, he praised Keynes's account of Malthus for conjuring up the milieu
of the past out of which the Essay on Population came, yet criticized Keynes for
not making some of the judgments that he would have made: Malthus's ...
Keynes encouraged this development and, indirectly, through ballet, participated
in modernism. Keynes ... years old, in a major dramatic role in Henrik Ibsen's
Doll's House and Master Builder (Ibsen was one of Keynes's favorite playwrights)
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