The Making of C.L.R. James
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/07/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23393
A short, positive review of a graphic novel about CLR James.
The Young C.L.R. James: A Graphic Novelette
Illustrated by Milton Knight
Edited by Paul Buhle and Lawrence Ware
PM Press, 43 pages, $6.95 paper.
THERES LITERALLY NO reason for any socialist to not pick up this illustrated novellete, even if you've already read all of C.L.R. James' writings and have read the biographies and studies of his works written by Paul Buhle (the novelletes co-editor), James D. Young, Kent Worcester, Frank Rosengarten and others.
This pamphlet is a delight, a charming caricature drawn in a whimsical style by Milton Knight, an artist who's worked on everything from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics to World War 3 Illustrated.
As one would expect from its title, The Young C.L.R. James mainly concentrates on the relatively little-known details of James' early life. It also has much to say about culture in early-20th century Trinidad, then a British colony, such as the annual carnival in Tunapuna, described as "[a] celebration of West Indian Cultures" and "[a] festival of sport, music - and debauchery" which the British authorities consistently failed to repress.