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  • Acknowledgments ix

    Foreword / Paget Henry xi

    Introduction to the American Edition / Robert Lipsyte xvii

    A Note on Cricket xxiii

    Preface xxvii

    Part One. A Window to the World

    1. The Window 3

    2. Against the Current 21

    3. Old School-tie 39

    Part Two. All the World's a Stage

    4. The Light and the Dark 49

    5. Patient Merit 66

    6. Three Generations 72

    7. The Most Unkindest Cut 82

    Part Three. One Man in His Time

    8. Prince and Pauper 101

    9. Magnanimity in Politics 117

    10. Wherefore Are These Things Hid? 128

    Part Four. To Interpose a Little Ease

    11. George Headley: Nascitur Non Fit 139

    Part Five. W. G.: Pre-Eminent Victorian

    12. What Do Men Live By? 151

    13. Prolegomena to W. G. 159

    14. W. G. 171

    15. Decline of the West 186

    Part Six. The Art and Practic Part

    16. "What Is Art?" 195

    17. The Welfare State of Mind 212

    Part Seven. Vox Populi

    18. The Proof of the Pudding 225

    19. Alma Mater: Lares and Penates 253

    Epilogue and Apotheosis 257

    Index 263



  • Paget Henry

    Robert Lipsyte

  • "Beyond a Boundary . . . should find its place on the team with Izaak Walton, Ivan Turgenev, A. J. Liebling, and Ernest Hemingway."

    "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, Beyond a Boundary (1963), James devoted some of his finest pages to this theme."

    "A work of double reverence—for the resilient, elegant ritualism of cricket and for the black people of the world."

    "Beyond a Boundary is 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."

    "Beyond a Boundary is . . . first and foremost an autobiography of a living legend—probably the greatest social theorist of our times."

    “Though praised as a cricket narrative, Beyond a Boundary is much more than that. It's a coming-of-age tale set in colonial Trinidad in the early 1900s, and yet much more. In it, James ventures far and wide, casting a critical eye on politics, race, culture and class - all through the prism of cricket. After all, James believed cricket had intrinsic value. It wasn't merely a sport, it mirrored life, the cricket pitch a microcosm of society. . . . James' observations, abetted by elegant prose, make Beyond a Boundary a delightful read. . . .”

    “It's a measure of James's value as a writer that a case can be made that Beyond a Boundary is one of the best books about a sport ever written, and yet it's hard to imagine anyone placing it among the three or four most important books that James wrote. It is, however, well worth reading, because of what it tells us about James' political development, and because of its much broader lessons about sports.”

    “Delightful and lively, full of vivid, detailed descriptions of players and play. . . .  I doubt I'll ever sit through an entire test match, but if you told me I could only keep a half-dozen sports books, this would probably be one of them.”

    Reviews

  • "Beyond a Boundary . . . should find its place on the team with Izaak Walton, Ivan Turgenev, A. J. Liebling, and Ernest Hemingway."

    "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, Beyond a Boundary (1963), James devoted some of his finest pages to this theme."

    "A work of double reverence—for the resilient, elegant ritualism of cricket and for the black people of the world."

    "Beyond a Boundary is 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."

    "Beyond a Boundary is . . . first and foremost an autobiography of a living legend—probably the greatest social theorist of our times."

    “Though praised as a cricket narrative, Beyond a Boundary is much more than that. It's a coming-of-age tale set in colonial Trinidad in the early 1900s, and yet much more. In it, James ventures far and wide, casting a critical eye on politics, race, culture and class - all through the prism of cricket. After all, James believed cricket had intrinsic value. It wasn't merely a sport, it mirrored life, the cricket pitch a microcosm of society. . . . James' observations, abetted by elegant prose, make Beyond a Boundary a delightful read. . . .”

    “It's a measure of James's value as a writer that a case can be made that Beyond a Boundary is one of the best books about a sport ever written, and yet it's hard to imagine anyone placing it among the three or four most important books that James wrote. It is, however, well worth reading, because of what it tells us about James' political development, and because of its much broader lessons about sports.”

    “Delightful and lively, full of vivid, detailed descriptions of players and play. . . .  I doubt I'll ever sit through an entire test match, but if you told me I could only keep a half-dozen sports books, this would probably be one of them.”

  • "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

    "The great triumph of Beyond a Boundary is its ability to rise above genre and in its very form explore the complex nature of colonial West Indian society."
    — Caryl Phillips The New Republic

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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 on 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, Beyond a Boundary (1963), James devoted some of his finest pages to this theme."—Edward Said, The Washington Post

    "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

    "Beyond a Boundary is 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 Sport & Social Issues

    "The great triumph of Beyond a Boundary is its ability to rise above genre and in its very form explore the complex nature of colonial West Indian society."—Caryl Phillips, The New Republic

    About The Author(s)

    C. L. R. James (1901–89), a Trinidadian historian, political activist, and prolific writer, was one of the twentieth century's most important intellectuals. He is the author of a renowned study of the Haitian Revolution, The Black Jacobins (1938), and a play, Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History (1934), which is published by Duke University Press.


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