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Special delivery : the letters of C.L.R. James to Constance Webb, 1939-1948

Author: C L R James; Constance Webb; Anna Grimshaw
Publisher: Oxford ; Cambridge, Mass. : Blackwell, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"C. L.R. James's correspondence with Constance Webb, the young American woman who eventually became his wife, began in 1939 and lasted a decade. Passionate, poetic, and wonderfully readable, the letters chart an extraordinary friendship and gripping period in the life of C.L.R. James as a revolutionary activist in America." "Beginning with James's first letters to Webb (written whilst visiting Trotsky in Coyoacan,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: C L R James; Constance Webb; C L R James; Constance Webb
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: C L R James; Constance Webb; Anna Grimshaw
ISBN: 1557866279 9781557866271
OCLC Number: 33045824
Description: 393 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction / Anna Grimshaw --
I. The Beginning of a Journey (1939-40) --
II. A Symbol of American Civilization (1943-4) --
III. Uncertainty and Attachment (1945-6) --
IV. Separation and Limbo (1947-8).
Responsibility: edited and introduced by Anna Grimshaw.

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C.L.R. James's correspondence with Constance Webb, the young American woman who eventually became his wife, began in 1939 and lasted for over a decade. Already celebrated in their unpublished form,  Read more...

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