C. L. R. James: A Critical Introduction

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University Press of Mississippi, 2013 M02 7 - 228 pages
This study of C. L. R. James's writings is the first to look at them as literature and not as theory. This sustained analysis of his major published works places them in the context of his less well-known writings and offers an encompassing critique of one of the African diaspora's most significant thinkers and writers.

Here the author of Black Jacobins, World Revolution, A History of Pan-African Revolt,, Beyond a Boundary, and the lyric novel Minty Alley is seen not only as among the great political philosophers but also as the literary artist that he remained, from his first writings in his native Trinidad through his underground years in America, to his final essays and speeches in London.

The writings of James have inspired revolutionaries on three continents. They have altered the course of historiography, shown that way toward independent black political struggles, and established a base for much of today's study of culture. This study evaluates them as powerful works of literature.

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About the author (2013)

Aldon L. Nielse n, poet and scholar, is the George and Barbara Kelly Professor of American Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. He was the first recipient of the Larry Neal Award for Poetry, and has since received the SAMLA Studies Prize, the Josephine Miles Award, the Darwin Turner Award, The Kayden Prize, the Gustavus Myers Citation, The Gertrude Stein Award and a Sigma Tau Delta Outstanding Professor Award. His edition of Lorenzo Thomas's Don't Deny My Name received the American Book Award. In the past he has taught at The George Washington University, Howard University, San Jose State University, UCLA, Loyola Marymount University and Central China Normal University.

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