Beyond a Boundary (Paperback)
|Author: C. L. R. James|
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|*Author: James, C. L. R. *Publication Date: 1993/12/01 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 6.25 *Height: 9.25|
From the Publisher:
In C. L. R. James's classic Beyond a Boundary, the sport is cricket and the scene is the colonial West Indies. Always eloquent and provocative, James--the "black Plato," (as coined by the London Times)--shows us how, in the rituals of performance and conflict on the field, we are watching not just prowess but politics and psychology at play. Part memoir of a boyhood in a black colony (by one of the founding fathers of African nationalism), part passionate celebration of an unusual and unexpected game, Beyond a Boundary raises, in a warm and witty voice, serious questions about race, class, politics, and the facts of colonial oppression. Originally published in England in 1963 and in the United States twenty years later (Pantheon, 1983), this second American edition brings back into print this prophetic statement on race and sport in society.
The son of a schoolteacher, C. L. R. James was born in Trinidad, grew up playing cricket, and, over a span of decades, was to become a renowned Marxist historian and a writer on a broad range of topics. In the 1920s he wrote fiction. He moved to Britain in 1932 and became acquainted with the members of the Bloomsbury Group; his first political pamphlet, THE CASE FOR WEST-INDIAN SELF-GOVERNMENT, was published by Leonard Woolf's Hogarth Press. James he found work as a cricket reporter for the Manchester Guardian and began to read Marx, Engels, and--perhaps most importantly--Trotsky. He also wrote a play, TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE, in which Paul Robeson starred, as well as a major work, THE BLACK JACOBINS, about a slave revolt in San Domingo. In 1938, he moved to the United States; there he engaged in a decade-long correspondence with the poet Constance Webb, in which he developed his ideas with the Johnson Forest tendency and furthered his political activity--but his visa expired and he was deported. He wrote on Melville and Whitman and broke with the Europeans.