C.L.R. James – Writer


CLC James
CLC James

CLR (Cyril Lionel RobertJames was a Marxist writer, political commentator, and Cricket lover.

One of his most famous works is “The Black Jacobins”; a biography of “Tousaint Louverture” the Haitian Revoloutionary.

Born in Trinidad, he attended the Queen’s Royal College on the island before becoming a cricket journalist and also writing fiction. In 1932, he moved to Nelson in Lancashire, England in the hope of furthering his literary career. There, he worked for the Manchester Guardian and helped the cricketer Learie Constantine write his autobiography.

Related Links:
CLR James Internet Archive




3 thoughts on “C.L.R. James – Writer

  • 13th October 2010 at 11:55 am

    C.L.R. James is a exciting, brave and intelligent writer who always makes me proud to be half-Trinidadian. People often forget about his literary career but I would really recommend reading his early novel ‘Minty Alley’ alongside his political works. So funny and engaging and real, and provides a great insight into his arrival at his political thought.

    • 2nd December 2010 at 5:49 am

      I’ve been a fan of the great Elder C.L.R.James, but didn’t know this book. I shall buy it now.
      Thank you.


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