C.L.R. James: Back in Style, Black in Style – a Book Review

C.L.R. James: Back in Style, Black in Style – a Review and a Comic!

Thursday, 24 April 2014- By Paul Buhle and Milton Knight, Truthout | Book Review 

C.L.R. James

C.L.R. James

C.L.R. James in Imperial Britain opens up the issue of the Third World struggle in an elegant and memorable way.

 (Author’s note: This marks the first appearance of excerpts from C.L.R. James, a Graphic History, a comic art book in process, drawn by distinguished African American artist Milton Knight, edited by Paul Buhle. The excerpts – young Trinidadian James grows to self-consciousness and emigrates to London, writes a play about Toussaint Louverture, with Paul Robeson starring – are easily understood.)

C.L.R. James in Imperial Britain 

By Christian Hogsbjerg.  Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. 312 pp., $24.95 paperback.

This year marks a quarter-century since the death of Cyril Lionel Robert James (1901-89). His obituary in The New York Times, putting aside many other interests and qualities of a long and productive life, mainly described him as the last giant of Pan-Africanism.  

Outliving his contemporaries had surely helped, because the seemingly aged lecturer of the 1970s, the bedridden if voluble ancient of later years, personally radiated that history and regularly placed himself within it. The Black Jacobins (1938), his classic history of the overthrow of slavery in Haiti – arguably the first successful major slave revolt anywhere for a couple thousand years – would alone secure James’ place in the Pan-African pantheon. His charisma and personal contacts across continents of Africa and the Diaspora for a half-century reinforced this claim. [Read more]

Also read about C.L.R. James in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._L._R._James

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