Monday, June 9, 2008


Best-selling book on Claudia Jones
(Already going into second printing!!!)

Literary Synopsis:

Do you know that this black woman is buried to the Left of Karl Marx?

Left of Karl Marx, is a brand new and best selling book by Carole Boyce Davies which assesses the activism, writing, and legacy of Claudia Jones (1915-1964). Jones is buried in London's Highgate Cemetery, to the left of Karl Marx. Importantly, Jones was the only black woman political prisoner among the communists tried during the McCarthy era. A pioneering radical intellectual, dedicated communist, and feminist Claudia Jones's location in death gives the book its title. Boyce Davies also sees Claudia's politics, which accounted for race and gender, as also Left of Karl Marx.

According to reviewers, like writer George Lamming, author of In the Castle of My Skin and The Pleasures of Exile, who knew Claudia Jones, "Carole Boyce Davies has rendered a unique service in restoring to proper recognition the life and achievements of Trinidad-born political activist and feminist Claudia Jones. From the turbulent struggles of Harlem, U.S.A in the 1930s and 1940s to London in the 1950s and 1960s, Claudia Jones became a symbol of resistance and the standard by which others would measure their own integrity of commitment. Left of Karl Marx is the biography of an era of the most intense ideological combat- where reputations were assassinated and careers erased by a single rumor of incorrect political affiliation. Here is the story of a singular triumph whose legacy has nourished the lives of another generation."

Applicable Literary Genres: New Releases, Black Studies, Caribbean Studies, Women's Studies, Radical Studies
Pages: 312 (with exclusive photo images and historically documented newspaper clippings)

Duke University Press Durham London 2008
ISBN 978-0-8223-4116-1
**Extremely High Demand. Publisher’s first printing sold out completely in 1st month of launch and is going into its second printing.**

Author available for book signing.

About the Author: Dr. Carole Boyce Davies is an internationally distinguished scholar of Black Women's Writing, African Literature, Caribbean Tradition/ Oral and Written Literature, Cross-Cultural Feminist Theory, Black Female Identity in Brazil, Comparative Black Literature, and the African Diaspora. Prof. Carole Boyce Davies, for years a popular professor at Binghamton University, will join the faculty at the prestigious Cornell University in the Fall of '08. She is the author of Black Women, Writing, and Identity: Migrations of the Subject (1994), and has co-edited Decolonizing the Academy: African Diaspora Studies (2003), The African Diaspora: African Origins and New World Identities (1999) Moving Beyond Boundaries (1995), Out of the Kumbla: Caribbean Women and Literature (1990), and Ngambika: Studies of Women in African Literature (1986).

Upcoming works: The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora

For Further Information: keyword: carole boyce davies

Media Contact:
Publicist, Dalia Davies 305.494.1460

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