Not without Love: Memoirs (Hardback)
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Not without Love: Memoirs (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 30/11/2003
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The author offers a candid memoir of political, sexual and social awakening at a pivotal time in 20th century America. She has led a full life as a committed politcal activist, a fashion model and actress, a writer and the wife and confidante of the intellectual C.L.R. James.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9781584653011
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 603 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm


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"Here we read of how a bewitching young woman, fired with every sort of idealism, became a Trotskyist militant in the Fresno area in the hot period of the 1930s and later the lover of that movement's most brilliant and charismatic member, the late C.L.R. James." --Los Angeles Times
"Webb reminisces on a life in which she nursed California migrant farm workers, posed for Dali and organized for the Socialist Worker's Party. She financed these activities by working as an actress and model, mingling with people like Walter Winchell and James Baldwin. But the author, who is white, is perhaps best known for her relationships with intellectual black activists and writers Richard Wright and C.L.R. James . . . Webb is a good storyteller . . . Clearly, [she] took risks, yet she describes how, as a young woman, she also conformed to norms."--Publishers Weekly
"Her skills as a memoirist are imposing, for she has the capacity to vividly recreate scenes of meetings and discussions that occured nearly seventy years ago . . . For readers previously well-versed in the history of the Trotskyist movement in general, and the political tendency led by C.L.R. James and Raya Dunayevskaya in particular, the narrative will insert many new details. Moreover, sundry individuals whose names are today known mainly as the authors of documents and articles will be fleshed out a bit and placed in the history of the organization . . . Webb's memoir furthermore provides vivid details about her work as a model and aspiring actress, as well a harrowing narrative of her visit to Monroe, North Carolina, to cover the famous "Kissing case," a major civil rights case that involved NAACP militant Robert F. Williams . . . There are also descriptions of Webb's passionate love affairs with comedian Jack Gilford, a devoted Communist, and 'Militant' editor Jules Geller."--Against the Current
"[Webb] was clearly trusted by [Richard Wright], and by Ralph Ellison and Chester Himes, who feature prominently in her life in the late 1940s and early 50s . . . She reveals interesting and . . . valuable anecdotal material about the private lives of all three . . . Not Without Love is at its most convincing, at times poignantly so, when it details the problems of living across the colour line and being a partner in an interracial marriage in supposedly 'liberal' New York just after the Second World War. The burden that this placed on her relationship with James, and the manner in which it fed James's ambivalence about his ability to follow his heart (which she had undoubedtly captured) as opposed to his destiny . . . form the emotional centre of the book . . . James indulged in many [affairs], and seems to have been torn between love and duty in a way that Webb uncovers both judiciously and, after all these years, with great sympathy . . . The most moving moment in the memoirs occurs when a young Constance Webb confronts James with the evidence of her own internalized racism, and declares this to be the reason why she should not marry him. James's loving and supportive response shows them both at their best."--Times Literary Supplement

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