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A happy equilibrium

Keynes's reputation rests on his fearsome intellect. But marriage to a Russian ballerina helped too

Keeping Maynard alive

In 1921, when John Maynard Keynes admitted to his friends that he had fallen in love with the Russian ballerina, Lydia Lopokova, it was assumed he was indulging in an eccentric, even a perverse peccadillo. Not only was the near exclusively homosexual Keynes declaring passion for a woman, but the woman herself was in every sense a foreigner to his world.

The painter Duncan Grant, who had formerly been the love of Keynes’s life, expressed the view of most of his circle when he commented,”until I see them together it beggars my fancy.” Yet not only…

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