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Book Title: Blood on the Forge|
The author of the book: William Attaway
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 344 KB
ISBN 13: 9780385425421
Date of issue: December 19th 1992
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In Chapter 3 of the Book of Daniel, the Jews Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the furnace for refusing to worship King Nebuchadnezzar's golden idols, but an angel of the lord saved them from the flames. In Blood on the Forge by William Attaway, the brothers Melody, Big Mat, and Chinatown leave their sharecropper's plot and go north to worship a new god of steel--but they throw themselves into the furnaces, and no angel can step in to save them from the inferno.
Look at me, pretending I know what I'm talking about. My old Sunday School teachers at the Methodist Church would be so proud.
Powerful novel from William Attaway, who wrote one other novel, a few stories, plays, and essays, and not much else--although, as a songwriter, he co-wrote "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song" for Harry Belefonte. Surely enough to collect in one volume, yougetwhatI'msaying NYRB? Yeah, you get it. But while we're waiting for Let Me Breathe Thunder: Selected Writings of William Attaway, check this book out.
Read information about the authorWilliam Attaway (1911–1986) was born in Mississippi, the son of a physician who moved his family to Chicago to escape the segregated South.
Attaway was an indifferent student in high school, but after hearing a Langston Hughes poem read in class and discovering that Hughes was black, he was inspired with an urgent ambition to write.
Rebelling against his middle-class origins, Attaway dropped out of the University of Illinois and spent some time as a hobo before returning to complete his college degree in 1936. He then worked variously as a seaman, a salesman, a union organizer, and as part of the Federal Writers’ Project, where he made friends with Richard Wright. Attaway moved to New York, published his first novel, 'Let Me Breathe Thunder' (1939), the story of two white vagrants traveling with a young Mexican boy, and quickly followed it with 'Blood on the Forge' (1941), about the fate of three African-American brothers in the Great Migration to the North.
Attaway never produced another novel, but went on to prosper as a writer of radio and television scripts, screenplays, and numerous songs, including the “Banana Boat Song (Day-O),” which was a hit for his friend Harry Belafonte.
A resident for many years of Barbados, Attaway returned to the United States toward the end of his life. He died in Los Angeles while working on a script.
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