After more than a decade in the United States, the Caribbean writer C. L. R. James ran afoul of McCarthyism in 1953 and was deported. In exile in London, he began to write stories in the form of letters to his four-year-old son 'Nobbie', who remained in the States. Through a distinctive, imaginary, and sometimes absurd cast of characters - Good Boongko, Bad boo-boo-loo, Moby Dick, and Nicholas the worker, among others - these stories explore questions of friendship, conflict, community, ethics, and power in humorous and often ingenious ways; they also stand as a moving testament to a father's struggle to be a vivid presence in the life of his son despite separation and distance.Attesting to James' remarkable gifts as a writer and his unusual talent for engaging wide and diverse audiences, these witty and poignant stories, published here for the first time, are not just for James aficionados. Each story is a delight in its own way, making the book irresistible for children and adults alike. C. L. R. James (1901-89) is the author of "Beyond a Boundary", "The Black Jacobins", "American Civilization", and "Mariners, Renegades, and Castaways", among other works.Edward Said called him a 'centrally important twentieth-century figure', while Caryl Phillips said, 'There is little doubt that James will come to be regarded as the outstanding Caribbean mind of the twentieth century'. Constance Webb (1918-2005) spent many years working in the publishing industry as an editor and writer. Her correspondence with her husband, C. L. R. James, is the subject of the book "Special Delivery". Anna Grimshaw, associate professor of anthropology at Emory University, was C. L. R. James' research assistant at the end of his life and edited "Special Delivery" and "The C. L. R. James Reader".