John Maynard Keynes: “Thought Had Wings”

We added to our Library a number of works by John Maynard Keynes, a brilliant economist and a brilliant writer:

  • Indian Currency and Finance
  • The Economic Consequences of the Peace
  • A Revision of the Treaty, Being a Sequel of The Economic Consequences of the Peace
  • Keynes’s Introduction to Supply and Demand by H. D. Henderson

Note: “…thought had wings” are Keynes’s words from his introduction to the textbook Supply and Demand; they are part of the sentence “Most of the omissions of matter often treated in textbooks are intentional; for as a subject develops, it is important, especially in books meant to be introductory, to discard the marks of the chrysalid stage before thought had wings.”

Useful Resources:

William H. Janeway discusses (on Project Syndicate) some of the books about Keynes, listed below, and a book about a young Cambridge intellectual whose critique influenced the eminent economist.

We recommend a recent episode of OddLots, in which Joe Wisenthal speaks to Zach Carter about his recent best-selling book on Keynes:

“The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy and the Life of John Maynard Keynes”, 2020

We also recommend an episode of FT Alphachat, produced by the Financial Times, in which Cardiff Garcia talks to Nicholas Wapshott about his 2011 book on Keynes: “Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics”, 2011.

Another resource is Robert Skideslki’s, “The Essential Keynes”.