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Cyril Lionel Robert James (1901-1989), Historian and writer

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Born in Trinidad, Cyril Lionel Robert James moved to London in 1933. His first published works campaigned for the independence of the West Indies: The Life of Captain Cipriani (1932) and The Case for West-Indian Self Government (1933). James's later books included Minty Alley (1936), The Black Jacobins (1938), Mariners, Renegades and Castaways: The Story of Herman Melville and the World We Live In (1952). Widely known as a writer on cricket, his autobiography Beyond a Boundary was published in 1963.

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Cyril Lionel Robert James

by Val Wilmer, for Format Photographers
modern gelatin silver print, 31 December 1975
NPG x133130