The Unfinished Autobiography of C.L.R. James

In his book C.L.R. James: the Artist as Revolutionary, Paul Buhle refers in several places to a manuscript of an abortive attempt at an autobiography by James. Buhle describes the project, undertaken in the last period of James’s life with the assistance of Anna Grimshaw, as one that simply did not jell the way one […]

Retrospective Review: Paul Buhle’s Marxism in the United States

Marxism in the United States: Remapping the History of the American Left by Paul Buhle Verso, 1991 (revised edition; original edition 1987) Buhle’s book undertakes the formidable task of presenting a concise history of the experience of American Marxism, from its arrival with the German émigrés of 1848 to the Ronald Reagan era. He is […]

Paul Buhle’s 1960s

Historian Paul Buhle reminisces about the 1960s in the latest issue of Against the Current (“Memories of [my] Syndicalism“). Buhle, author of C.L.R. James: the Artist as Revolutionary, describes his entry into the New Left via the oldest of the Old Left, the Socialist Labor Party. Buhle elsewhere (for example, in A Dreamer’s Paradise Lost, […]

Three New and Forthcoming Books: Marcuse, Kerr, I.W.W

Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Emancipation by Herbert Marcuse (Routledge) This book is Volume 5 of the Collected Papers of Herbert Marcuse, edited by philosopher Douglas Kellner. A Preview is available at Google Books. • • • “We Called Each Other Comrade”: Charles H. Kerr & Company, Radical Publishers by Allen Ruff. (PM Press) Originally published by the University of Illinois […]

Scanned Issues of Radical America and Cultural Correspondence

Brown University Library’s Center for Digital Initiatives hosts a collection of scanned images of two important U.S. New Left/post-New Left journals, Radical America and Cultural Correspondence. The two journals, closely connected with the prolific historian of the left and left culture Paul Buhle, were among the more interesting intellectual by-products of Students for a Democratic […]