Keynes, Sir Geoffrey Langdon, 1887-1982 (Knight, surgeon and bibliophile)
- Existence: 1887 - 1982
Sir Geoffrey Langdon Keynes (1887-1982), surgeon, bibliographer and literary scholar, was born in Cambridge on 25 March 1887. His brother was John Maynard Keynes, later Lord Keynes. Geoffrey went to school at Rugby, before entering Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 1906, to study natural sciences. He trained at St Bartholomew's Hospital, and served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during World War I. After the war he became part of the surgical team at Bart's, where he was appointed assistant surgeon in 1928. During World War II he was consulting surgeon to the R.A.F., and was made acting Air Vice-Marshal in 1944. He retired from Bart's in 1952, and received a knighthood in 1955. Keynes wrote many bibliographies and biographies. The subjects of his works include Jane Austen, Rupert Brooke, John Donne, John Evelyn, William Harvey, William Hazlitt, Siegfried Sassoon, Izaak Walton and, in particular, William Blake. His work on Thomas Willis remained uncompleted at his death. Keynes was also a great admirer of ballet, and wrote his own ballet, Job, with music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, which was first performed by the Camargo Society in 1931.
Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:
Letters from A.E. Housman, including some to Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1928-1930, mainly concerning editions of Housman's poetry, with other letters and Housman-related material dating from 1906 to 1978. Items 1-11 (excluding 10A) are bound into a volume marked 'Letters from A.E.H.' on the spine and inscribed inside as belonging to Sir Geoffrey Keynes. Items 10A and 12-19 have been loosely inserted into the volume.
Includes offprints of articles on John Clare by Mark Stoney.
A copy of Psyche, or the legend of love, 193 numbered pages, made by M. Heath from a copy sent to Dr Vaughan by the author. There is a frontispiece and three full-page illustrations, the latter probably by James Heath.
A calligraphic manuscript of Poetical works of the late Thomas Little, 124 numbered pages, executed by Ensign George Mackay. At the front of the volume is the bookplate of Lord Gray.