Essay by Dr. Seybold Appears in Los Angeles Review of Books

August 01 2017
Category: Faculty

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A review essay by Dr. Matt Seybold, Assistant Professor of American Literature & Mark Twain Studies, recently appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books. 

The essay, titled “The End of Economics,” begins with a conversation between novelist Virginia Woolf, poet T. S. Eliot, and economist John Maynard Keynes which took place in 1934, just before Keynes finished writing The General Theory of Employment, Interest, & Money, which would become one of the most influential books of the 20th century.

Dr. Seybold uses the friendship between Keynes and Eliot during their “simultaneous midlife crises” to frame his review of Geoff Mann’s In The Long Run We Are All Dead: Keynesianism, Political Economy, and Revolution. Mann’s book, published by Verso earlier this year, is an ambitious reassessment of Keynes’s legacy.

Since publication, Dr. Seybold’s essay has been part of recommended reading lists at Politico, Bloomberg View, Financial Times, and RealClearPolicy, among others.