C.L.R. James, Cricket's Philosopher King, by Dave Renton

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C.L.R. James, Cricket's Philosopher King, by Dave Renton

C.L.R. James, Cricket's Philosopher King, by Dave Renton

Published by Haus in 2007, 202 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N3300)

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Known as ‘The Cricketing Marxist’, Cyril Lionel Robert James (1901–89) was one of the leading black intellectuals of the 20th century, a Marxist theorist of the first rank, and also one of the finest writers on cricket, with his legendary book 'Beyond a Boundary'.

 

This seeming paradox is reflected in other areas of his life and work: the product of a British-style education and fanatical cricketer who never abandoned the values the sport inculcated in him, he was a Trotskyite expelled from the USA during the McCarthy era who was a friend and inspiration to a generation of leaders of newly-independent African countries such as Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Julius Nyrere of Tanzania. Described in his lifetime as ‘the black Hegel’ and ‘the black Plato’, his book on the 18th-century slave revolt in Haiti, The Black Jacobins, is one of the great historical works of the 20th century, yet he was never comfortable with the idea of ‘Black Studies’. In this fascinating new study of this seminal thinker, Dave Renton hopes to‘persuade Marxists of the joys of cricket, and followers of cricket of the calibre of James and of James’ Marxism’.

One reviewer of the book wrote: Books about CLR James abound, but this is a particularly good one. It’s lucidly written, full of narrative interest and explores areas of the great Caribbean man’s life and struggles that have rarely been a point of focus.

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