The Legacy of Raymond Williams

West, Cornel

Raymond Williams was the last of the great European male revolutionary socialist intellectuals born before the end of the age of Europe (1492- 1945). This article examines and evaluates his grand achievements and incomplete efforts in light of the social crises and political travails of his time. To do honor to him is to keep the legacy of his work and life alive. And to keep this legacy alive is, in part, to keep in view how he made and remade himself-cast and recast his ways of life and ways of struggle-under circumstances (usually adverse circumstances) not of his choosing.


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February 22, 2013