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Gained in Translation: The French Edition of The General Theory by J. M. Keynes

Including a Symposium on Ludwig Lachmann

ISBN: 978-1-78769-862-8, eISBN: 978-1-78769-861-1

ISSN: 0743-4154

Publication date: 19 August 2019


The 40-letter correspondence concerning the French translation of The General Theory, between John Maynard Keynes and his translator, Jean de Largentaye, is a testimony of their close collaboration, which also involved Piero Sraffa in 1938 and 1939. Largentaye’s lexicon appears at the end of the French edition, providing definitions in French of technical terms used by Keynes. After its publication by Payot in 1942, the French edition of The General Theory was well received in France and no doubt contributed to the economic and social successes of the country in the subsequent 25 years.




The author, daughter of the translator, expresses her gratitude to her brothers Armand and Bertrand de Largentaye who have encouraged her and helped her in this work on the translation of Keynes’s General Theory by their father, Jean de Largentaye.


de Largentaye, H. (2019), "Gained in Translation: The French Edition of The General Theory by J. M. Keynes", Including a Symposium on Ludwig Lachmann (Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Vol. 37B), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 95-111.



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