Corker's Freedom [Inscribed to C.L.R. James, with his Annotations]. John Berger, C L. R. James.
Corker's Freedom [Inscribed to C.L.R. James, with his Annotations]

Corker's Freedom [Inscribed to C.L.R. James, with his Annotations]

London: Methuen, 1964. First edition. 8vo, gilt-stamped purple boards. In original jacket, illustrated by Gerald Scarfe.

Association copy, inscribed by John Berger to his friend C.L.R. James:

"To C. L. R. James with great respect and friendship. John Berger Stockholm 1969."

A superb association between two longtime friends and correspondents who were among the most effective Marxist writers of their age.Corker's Freedom is an early Berger novel, examining the lives of two employees at an employment agency. Most of the action, with the exception of the coda, takes place on a single day.

In Mike Widgery's famous 1980 interview with James, at Room 384 in the Mayfair Hotel, James is described as sitting on a bed with a John Berger paperback besides him - an indication of James' attention to Berger's work. James appears to have read Corker's Freedom closely, as the book is annotated in ink throughout, mostly with check marks, brackets, underlinings and question marks, but also approximately 20 brief 1-3 word notes throughout. The dust jacket flap texts are also annotated in his hand.

Edges of text block foxed and dusty, but very good or better, in a very good jacket foxed and darkened a bit at extremities, with a short closed nick to head of rear panel. Item #28704

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