CLR James      

Full name Cyril Lionel Robert James

Born January 4, 1901, Trinidad

Died May 31, 1989, Brixton, London (aged 88 years 147 days)

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Cyril Lionel Robert James

Cyril Lionel Robert James, died on May 31, 1989, at the age of 88 in his tiny Brixton home in South London which, in his final years, had become a place of pilgrimage for admirers of both his cricket and his political writings. Born just outside Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, C. L. R. James was a scholarship boy who became deeply involved in politics with a strong Marxist flavour at a time when West Indian nationalism began to burgeon and black cricketers of the Caribbean looked for more acknowledgement of their place in society and in the sport. James was a close friend of the great all-rounder, Learie Constantine, who invited him to Lancashire in 1932 when he was playing league cricket with Nelson. Neville Cardus helped make it possible for James to contribute to the Manchester Guardian, and his writing flourished; in addition to his own books on black radicalism, he helped Constantine to produce Cricket and I.

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