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 108 Collections and/or Records:
Thanks for the report of Tinkler's activities in Peterborough and Lincoln Cathedrals; pamphlets missing from Salisbury Cathedral Library
Novels, essays, memoir, and biographical correspondence.
He asks the Library to buy a volume of pamphlets
Letters to Gömöri, with related items.
Comprises single items or small collections, chiefly correspondence, donated to or purchased by Cambridge University Library. Together with a number of items and fragments found in Cambridge University Library books and bindings.
Letter, press cutting and speeches concerning the conferral of an honorary degree of D.Litt to Sassoon at Oxford, Feb. 1965-June 1965
A few items include drafts or carbon copies of letters from Howe.
Letters from Geoffrey Keynes (Hampstead) to Siegfried Sassoon sending congratulations on birth of George [Thornycroft Sassoon]; together with a letter from Geoffrey Keynes (Stradishall) to Hester [Sassoon (née Gatty)] re enjoyment of visit, 1936-1938 (30 October 1936; 1938; 8 August 1938)
A collection of 1094 letters, postcards and other items known as 'Sassoon's residual correspondence' although it does also include a number of items addressed to other persons particularly to his wife, Hester, and his mother, Theresa Thornycroft.
Includes letters from Sassoon, Laurence Whistler, and publishers; with set of proofs of title page.
Original letters, partly manuscript and partly typescript; with typescript royalty accounts for his book on William Pickering published by The Fleuron.
Set of 28 descriptive letters and postcards bound into a volume, with note that the notebook was inherited by Geoffrey Keynes from A.T. Bartholomew in 1933, and bound by Gray in 1935. Includes one letter written during the First World War. The items are numbered (some non-sequentially); foliation by the archivist has been added in square brackets where different.
Letters from Sir Geoffrey Keynes, (1887-1982), surgeon and bibliographer, (Hampstead and Brinkley), to Siegfried Sassoon, 1933-1967
Comments on visits, books, the ballet, own admiration for Serge Lifar, Siegfried Sassoon's engagement etc.
The writers include Nicolas Barker, A. W. Bell, Christopher Bradshaw, Harry Carter, John Carter, Will Carter, William Cox, Brooke Crutchley, John Fairleigh, Elisabeth Friedlander, David Garnett, Joan Hassall, John Hayward, Ashley Havinden, Ellic Howe, Geoffrey Keynes, Lynton Lamb, Rauri McLean, Vivian Ridler, John Ryder, Hans Schmoller, Herbert Simon, John Simpson, and John Westwood. A few others are unidentified.
An essay on William Blake, Illustrations of the book of Job, Sadler's Wells Ballet Books, No. 2, pp. 24-34; a description of copies of Blake's Jerusalem; and an article, 'The early recognition of malignant disease', in Sir Heneage Ogilvie, ed., The early recognition of disease (1949), pp. 97-102.
Folder 1 = correspondence with Ian Fletcher and typescript (photocopy) of his article 'The Ellis-Yeats-Blake manuscript cluster' Folders 2-3 = other correspondence, including with contributors Rupert Hart-Davis, William Lefanu, A. N. L. Munby, D. P. Piper, and Charles Ryskamp . Other correspondents include F. R. Collieson, Arnold Muirhead and John Sparrow Folder 4 = partial page proofs, layout of the issue, proofs of illustrations, and order form for the separate publication in book form.
enclosure with Add.8905/10/K/58
Photocopy of a handwritten note from Geoffrey Keynes listing unpublished poems in the 'Vigils' volume, 4 May 1976
Meynell's correspondents include Strickland Gibson, Holbrook Jackson, Geoffrey Keynes, Robert Leighton, and Beatrice Warde,
Concerning the whereabouts of the miniature mentioned in Add.8532/2.
Typescript, galley proof, and correspondence.
- Type: Archival Object X