The Gates of Memory by Geoffrey Keynes


Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket: Very Good. 1982. Clarendon Press (Oxford). Protective mylar sleeve over dust jacket.

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Geoffrey Keynes had, as he put it himself, 'a quite outrageously enjoyable existence'. This is his remarkable account of a long and distinguished life, written only two years before his death in 1982 at the age of ninety-five.

He was the younger brother of the economist Maynard Keynes and was at Rugby and Cambridge with Rupert Brooke. He saved Virginia Woolf from her first suicide attempt, before any of her novels had been written. He became a celebrated surgeon, who pioneered the use of blood transfusion and the rational treatment of breast cancer, and was knighted for this work in 1955.

Throughout his life he was a dedicated bibliophile. His library was legendary, and his passionate interest in the work of William Blake brought about the rediscovery of his long-neglected genius.