Since Keynes's masterful obituary, knowledge of Marshall's life has greatly increased. Family and social background, early philosophical and economic writings, and involvement with educational reforms are subjects on which readers now enjoy the benefits of better and more reliable information. By itself, this would have made an extensive biography worth its while. Groenewegen's book goes much further, adding new discoveries, discussing Marshall's heritage, and endeavoring to provide a coherent whole in order to preserve "Marshall's social philosophy. " Though digressions make it somewhat difficult to concentrate attention on any one connecting thread, the book offers a balanced and informed treatment of Marshall's life and activities. This article examines the book's merits and limitations and points out some hidden aspects of Marshall's character and research programs
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