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By C.L.R. James

You Don’t Play With Revolution collects seven never-before-published lectures by way of Marxist cultural critic C.L.R. James, added in the course of his remain in Montréal in 1967-1968. Ranging in subject from Marx and Lenin to Shakespeare and Rousseau to Caribbean background and the Haitian Revolution, those lectures show the wonderful breadth and readability of James’ wisdom and interest.

Little info exists in print at the severe interval James spent operating with West Indian intellectuals and scholars in Canada within the past due Nineteen Sixties; this assortment highlights the subjects we have now come to go together with James’ serious undertaking and situates them in a brand new mild. Readers simply commencing to delve into James’ paintings will locate this assortment obtainable and interesting, a fantastic creation to a fancy and multi-faceted physique of scholarship. Editor David Austin has additionally integrated seminal interviews produced with James in the course of his remain in Canada, and a chain of letters James exchanged with the West Indian college scholars who made those lectures possible.

You Don’t Play With Revolution additionally contains an creation by way of Robert A. Hill, co-founder of the C.L.R. James examine Circle and ancient consultant to the hot James archive at Columbia University.

C.L.R. James (1901-1989) was once born in Trinidad and used to be a trendy anti-colonial pupil and cultural critic all through his existence. With Grace Lee and Raya Dunayevskaya, he helped outline and popularize the autonomist Marxist culture within the usa and Canada.

David Austin is founder and trustee of the Alfie Roberts Institute, an self sustaining examine institute established in Montréal.

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