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Draft of beginning of Introduction, 1933

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JVR/1/3/3

Scope and Contents

Carbon typescript headed 'Book 1 // The Technique // Chapter 1 Introductory'. A draft of 'Economics of Imperfect Competition' corresponding to the beginning of the Introduction (pp. 1-6 of the 1933 edition), but showing earlier states of the text. Corrected throughout in ink by Joan Robinson, and substantially amended in the hand of J.M. Keynes (pencil). Joan Robinson incorporated many (but not all) of J.M. Keynes' suggested rephrasings into the published text. She tended, however, to ignore his suggested large-scale cuts. One word in the revised text (1933) may be due to Joan Robinson's misreading of J.M. Keynes' characteristic scrawl: where J.M. Keynes had suggested in the margin of fol. 7 the words, 'The reader may object that there is surely . . .', 'Economics of Imperfect Competition' (1933) reads 'clearly' (p. 5) for 'surely'. The misreading is not implausible.
Inscribed by Joan Robinson in ink on fol. 1, 'To P.S. // Keep this I have // another copy. // I would like the // article back at // your convenience'. (Later heavily deleted in ink by Joan Robinson.) 8 leaves, flimsy foolscap, apparently from the same stock as that of JVR/1/2/1-2. Archival foliation only.


  • 1933

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1 envelope(s) : paper

Language of Materials



The 'article' referred to in Joan Robinson's inscription is probably her 'Imperfect Competition and Falling Supply Price', 'Economic Journal', December 1932, referred to in the Foreword of 'Economics of Imperfect Competition (1933), p. viii. Less likely, it may be a draft of her 'Parable on Saving and Investment'.

Date information

DateText: Before publication in 1933.

Finding aid date

2003-03-21 10:41:16+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Archive Centre, King's College, Cambridge Repository

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