C. L. R. James: Cricket's Philosopher King

C. L. R. James: Cricket's Philosopher King

Dave Renton

referred to as 'The Cricketing Marxist', Cyril Lionel Robert James (1901–89) was once one of many top black intellectuals of the 20 th century, a Marxist theorist of the 1st rank, and in addition one of many best writers on cricket, along with his mythical ebook Beyond a Boundary.

This seeming paradox is mirrored in different parts of his lifestyles and paintings: the made from a British-style schooling and fanatical cricketer who by no means deserted the values the game inculcated in him, he was once a Trotskyite expelled from the united states in the course of the McCarthy period who used to be a chum and concept to a iteration of leaders of newly-independent African nations similar to Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Julius Nyrere of Tanzania.

Described in his lifetime as 'the black Hegel' and 'the black Plato', his publication at the 18th-century slave rebel in Haiti, The Black Jacobins, is without doubt one of the nice ancient works of the twentieth century, but he was once by no means happy with the belief of 'Black Studies'. during this interesting new learn of this seminal philosopher, Dave Renton hopes to 'persuade Marxist of the thrill of cricket, and fans of cricket of the calibre of James and of James' Marxism'.

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