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Book Review: The sage who was reluctant to publish
Robert Skidelsky
Times Literary Supplement | Friday, January 26, 1996

 
A Soaring Eagle, Alfred Marshall, 1842 - 1924
by Peter Groenewegen
Cheltenham: Elgar. £59.95
 
This is the first full-length biography of Alfred Marshall, founder of the Cambridge School of Economics, and the dominant force in British economics from the death of Mill to the rise of Keynes. Hitherto we have had to make do with Keynes's Memoir, published almost immediately after Marshall's death in 1924; no acute deprivation as it is one of the finest short lives of a man of science ever written. Peter Groenewegen, a professor of economics at Sydney University, who specializes in the history of economic thought, has risen manfully to the challenge of converting Keynes's brilliant sketch into a fully rounded portrait. For this, despite

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