Author of "The Black Jacobins", "Beyond a Boundary" and "State Capitalism and the World Revolution", C.L.R. James was one of the most significant and widely-read black writers of our time, whose work has deeply influenced succeeding generations. In a life which began in Trinidad in 1901 and ended in Brixton, London in 1989, James contributed to 20th-century intellectual life as a writer on cricket, a literary critic and political theorist and activist. Travelling widely in the United States, Britain and the Caribbean, James exchanged views with Trotsky, Paul Robeson, Martin Luther King, George Orwell and Virginia Woolf among others, and pursued his commitment to a less exploitative world in books, pamphlets, essays reviews and letters. This volume contains extracts from James's major works as well as some less readily available pieces. Prepared in collaboration with James during his last years, the collection is arranged chronologically, and covers his entire career, from his early fiction to the late studies of Black power and Black writing. It includes the complete text of the play, "The Black Jacobins", a wide selection of letters on politics and literature, and the famous essays, "The Case for West Indian Self-Government", "Popular Art and the Cultural Tradition" and "The Rise and Fall of Nkrumah".
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Author of such classic works as Minty Alley, The Black Jacobins and Beyond a Boundary, C. L. R. James was one of the most significant writers of our times.
In a life which reflected many of the distinctive features of the twentieth century (from his birth in Trinidad in 1901, to his death in Brixton, London, 1989), James made an outstanding contribution to debates on politics, history, art, literature and sport. His revolutionary vision has inspired social movements in the United States, Britain, Africa and the Caribbean. It remains central to any understanding of the modern world.
Until now much of his work has remained inaccessible; but Anna Grimshaw brings together here both published and unpublished material to give us the essential C. L. R. James. Prepared in collaboration with James in his final year, this collection offers unique insight into the range and development of his life's work.
It includes a selection of early fiction, the complete text of the play The Black Jacobins, numerous extracts from his personal archive and the classic essays, The Case for West-Indian Self-Government, Popular Art and the Cultural Tradition and Black Power.About the Author:
Anna Grimshaw is Lecturer in Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester, England. She worked for six years as C. L. R. James's assistant and edited his writings collected as Cricket (1986).
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Book Description Blackwell Publishers, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0631181792