Unscrambling Keynes



Time | 15027

Keynes had all the unpleasant elitist and anti-Jewish prejudices of his class and generation. And what to make of his voracious homosexuality, which was a large part of his life? He was part of the Bloomsbury set in London, where sexual encounters among the same sexes was frequent and from where many of his lovers came. He travelled far and wide to satisfy his sexual appetites. In the end he found love and happiness in his forties, getting married in 1925 (with his former lover Duncan Grant as his best man) to Lydia Lopokova, a Russian ballerina in whose arms he died of a heart attack in his early sixties…

writes Vicky Price in The Independent, reviewing a new biography, “Universal Man: The Seven Lives of John Maynard Keynes” by Richard Davenport-Hines, which goes into some detail of his sexual activities – he was fond of cruising and baths – shedding more light on London’s gay scene of the early 20th century.

.. he liked sleeping with men. He had no qualms about himself and his male friends all falling in love with each other, although the shadow cast by Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment in 1895 encouraged Keynes and many of his like- minded contemporaries (there were many) to compartmentalise their private and public lives and be as secretive as possible. Much has been written about his activities and the book relishes going into details of who was sleeping with whom, who was enjoying a ménage à trois and how many of the men in later life, who worked alongside Keynes in public life, had been his ex-lovers.

British economist John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes, CB, FBA was born on 5 June 1883 and died on 21 April 1946 after a heart attack. The artist Duncan Grant was one of Keynes’s great loves.




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