C.L.R. James: Memories and Commentaries

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Associated University Presses, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 201 pages
In this book, author Louise Cripps recounts her memories of C. L. R. James, a writer and lecturer from Trinidad, in London during the thirties and subsequent decades. According to Cripps, she is probably the only person still alive who can recount the history of those days. Cripps met James at a dinner party in London. James was a supporter of Trotsky, who had been expelled from the U.S.S.R. by Stalin. James and some dinner guests formed a group of Trotskyites who met at James's home to discuss world affairs. The group produced a paper to express their views. James always wrote the lead article. Cripps handled the production duties and wrote some of the articles. Later, Trotsky suggested that all the groups in London join the Independent Labour Party. When they did, all the publications merged with James's under the title of his own group's paper, FIGHT. The Independent Labour Party encouraged James to expand his considerable skills by also becoming an orator
 

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Contents

First Meeting
11
The Marxist Group
22
Background of World Events
37
James and I Go to Paris
48
Love Affair
55
Consequences
70
New York
81
Separate Ways CLR
97
Separate Ways LLC
108
Contacts and Correspondence
117
Looking Back
133
James and Women
145
Jamess Books
159
Jamess Political Paths
176
James and His Late Admirers
187
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