Thursday, October 16, 2003

With the appearance of Letters from London, it seems almost as if C.L.R. James were making a posthumous critique of his academic admirers. A slender volume containing seven essays originally published in a Trinidadian newspaper in 1932, it reveals the essential James: a cosmopolitan man of letters from a small island at the margins of the imperialist world-system, his sensibility shaped by the literature of the Victorian era.... More distinctly than any other work, Letters charts James's growing ambivalence about the culture he has absorbed....

-- From Scott McLemee's review of Letters from London in the Fall 2003 BOOKFORUM (unfortunately, the text isn't online).

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