Beyond a Boundary

50th Anniversary Edition

Beyond a Boundary

The C. L. R. James Archives

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Book Pages: 288 Illustrations: Published: June 2013

Author: C. L. R. James

Contributor(s): Paget Henry, Robert Lipsyte

Subjects
Caribbean Studies, Cultural Studies, Postcolonial and Colonial Studies

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

Praise

"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

"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

“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. . . .” — Curtis Walcott, Virgin Islands Daily News

“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.” — Don Lash, Socialist Worker

“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.” — Tim Marchman, Deadspin

"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

"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

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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.

Table of Contents Back to Top
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



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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-5563-2
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