Blood on the Forge

byWilliam AttawayIntroduction byDarryl Pinckney

January 31, 2005|
Blood on the Forge by William Attaway
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This brutally gripping novel about the African-American Great Migration follows the three Moss brothers, who flee the rural South to work in industries up North. Delivered by day into the searing inferno of the steel mills, by night they encounter a world of surreal devastation, crowded with dogfighters, whores, cripples, strikers, and scabs. Keenly sensitive to character, prophetic in its depiction of environmental degradation and globalized labor, Attaway's novel is an unprecedneted confrontation with the realities of American life, offering an apocalyptic vision of the melting pot not as an icon of hope but as an instrument of destruction.


Blood on the Forge was first published in 1941, when it attracted the admiring attention of Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison. It is an indispensable account of a major turning point in black history, as well as a triumph of individual style, charged with the concentrated power and poignance of the blues.

William 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. Re...
Title:Blood on the ForgeFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:264 pages, 8 X 5.03 X 0.55 inShipping dimensions:264 pages, 8 X 5.03 X 0.55 inPublished:January 31, 2005Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1590171349

ISBN - 13:9781590171349

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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