C.L.R. James: A Critical Introduction
University Press of Mississippi, 1997 - 199 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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... Thousands of people read James's remarks on Native Son in 1940 , but they were published under his pseudonym J. R. Johnson , a thin veil drawn over James's illegal continued presence in the United States . Thousands , too , at one time ...
... thousand years of human history . The blacks not only provided the wealth in the struggle which began between the old society and the new bourgeois society : the black people were foremost in the struggle itself . ( JR 396 ) James made ...
... thousand of them imported into the island within four years , unable to speak a dialect intelligible even to each other . Yet out of this mixed , and , as you say , despicable mass , he forged a thunderbolt and hurled it at what ? At ...
SPHERES Of Existence WHAT MAISie Knew
AT THE RENDEZVOUS OF VICTORY
THE FUTURE IN THE PRESENT
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