Henry James and Sir Geoffrey Keynes

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Henry James (1843-1916), novelist, was born in New York on 15 April 1843. He was educated in New York, London, Paris and Geneva, and studied law at Harvard. After settling in Europe in 1875, he lived in London, 1876-1898, and at Rye, 1898-1916, becoming a naturalised citizen in 1915. James was the author of The portrait of a lady (1881), The wings of the dove (1902) and The ambassadors (1903). He died at Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, on 28 February 1916. James visited Cambridge, 11-14 June 1909, on the invitation of Geoffrey Keynes, A.T. Bartholomew and Charles Sayle.

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. Keynes 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 the First World War. After the war, he became part of the surgical team at Bart's, where he was appointed assistant surgeon in 1928. During the Second World War, he was consulting surgeon to the R.A.F., and was made acting Air Vice-Marshal in 1944. Keynes retired from Bart's in 1952, and received a knighthood in 1955. He died at Brinkley, Cambridgeshire, on 5 July 1982.

From the guide to the Henry James: Cambridge letters and related material, 1884-1974, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

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associatedWith James Henry 1843-1916 person
associatedWith Keynes Geoffrey Langdon 1887-1982 person
associatedWith Sayle Charles Edward 1864-1924 person
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