Beyond a Boundary 50th Anniversary Edition

ISBN-10: 0822355639
ISBN-13: 9780822355632
Edition: 50th 2013
Authors: C. L. R. James
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Description: This new edition of C. L. R. James's classic Beyond a Boundary celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of one of the greatest books about sport and culture ever written.Named one of the Top 50 Sports Books of All Time by Sports Illustrated"Beyond a  More...

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List price: $25.95
Edition: 50th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 6/17/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

This new edition of C. L. R. James's classic Beyond a Boundary celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of one of the greatest books about sport and culture ever written.Named one of the Top 50 Sports Books of All Time by Sports Illustrated"Beyond a Boundary . . . should find its place on the team with Izaak Walton, Ivan Turgenev, A. J. Liebling, and Ernest Hemingway."—Derek Walcott, The New York Times Book Review"As a player, James the writer was able to see in cricket a metaphor for art and politics, the collective experience providing a focus for group effort and individual performance. . . . [In] his scintillating memoir of his life in cricket . . . James devoted some of his finest pages to this theme."—Edward Said, The Washington Post"This is a work of double reverence—for the resilient, elegant ritualism of cricket and for the black people of the world."—Whitney Balliett, The New Yorker"A book of remarkable richness and force, which vastly expands our understanding of sports as an element of popular culture in the Western and colonial world."—Mark Naison, The Nation"Everything James has done has had the mark of originality, of his own flexible, sensitive, and deeply cultured intelligence. He conveys not a rigid doctrine but a delight and curiosity in all the manifestations of life, and the clue to everything lies in his proper appreciation of the game of cricket."—E. P. Thompson, author of The Making of the English Working Class"Beyond a Boundary is . . . first and foremost an autobiography of a living legend—probably the greatest social theorist of our times."—Manning Marable, Journal of Sports & Social Issues"The great triumph of Beyond a Boundary is its ability to rise above the genre and in its very form explore the complex nature of colonial West Indian society."—Caryl Phillips, The New Republic

A native of Trinidad, C. L. R. James grew up in a very respectable middle-class black family steeped in British manners and culture. Although justifiably well-known in the British world as a writer, historian, and political activist, his contributions have been underappreciated in the United States. A student of history, literature, philosophy, and culture, James thought widely and wrote provocatively. He also turned his words into deeds as a journalist, a Trotskyite, a Pan-African activist, a Trinidadian nationalist politican, a university teacher, and a government official. James was a teacher and magazine editor in Trinidad until the early 1930s, when he went to England and became a sports writer for the Manchester Guardian. While in England he became a dedicated Marxist organizer. In 1938 he moved to the United States and continued his political activities, founding an organization dedicated to the principles of Trotskyism. His politics led to his expulsion from the United States in 1953, and he returned to Trinidad, from which he was also expelled in the early 1960s. He spent the remainder of his life in England. Among James's extensive writings, the two most influential volumes are Black Jacobins (1967), a study of the anti-French Dominican (Haitian) slave rebellion of the 1790s, and Beyond a Boundary (1963), a remarkable exploration of sport, specifically cricket, as social and political history. Other important works include A History of Negro Revolt (1938) and The Life of Captain Cipriani (1932). James represents an unusual combination of activist-reformer (even revolutionary) and promoter of the best in art, culture, and gentility.

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introduction to the American Edition
A Note on Cricket
Preface
A Window to the World
The Window
Against the Current
Old School-tie
All the World's a Stage
The Light and the Dark
Patient Merit
Three Generations
The Most Unkindest Cut
One Man in his Time
Prince and Pauper
Magnanimity in Politics
Wherefore Are These Things Hid?
To Interpose a Little Ease
George Headley: Nascitur Non Fit
W. G.: Pre-Eminent Victorian
What Do Men Live By?
Prolegomena to W. G.
W. G.
Decline of the West
The Art and Practic Part
'What Is Art?'
The Welfare State of Mind
Vox Populi
The Proof of the Pudding
Alma Mater: Lares and Penates
Epilogue and Apotheosis
Index

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