Bibliography (Masterplots II: African American Literature, Revised Edition)
Bell, Bernard W. “Richard Wright and the Triumph of Naturalism.” In The Afro-American Novel and Its Tradition. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1987. Bell illuminates the naturalist tradition in terms of black writing and analyzes Attaway’s writing closely in terms of class and race consciousness. Sees the roots of Attaway’s work in the interplay between Freudian psychology and Marxist social analysis. Stresses the biological and socioeconomic conditions that control Attaway’s naturalistic style and theme. Bell also outlines the historical and political themes of the early part of the twentieth century, including the Great Migration, the Depression, Communism, and the Chicago School of Sociology.
Bone, Robert. The Negro Novel in America. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1958. Examines Attaway’s connection to the Federal Writers Workshop. Sees the novel as unoriginal and too closely based on Steinbeck, making no new contribution to the proletarian novel of the 1930’s. Gives Attaway only a small place in the annals of black writing during the Depression.
Margolies, Edward. Introduction to Blood on the Forge, by William Attaway. New York: Collier Books, 1970. Critical and biographical survey of William Attaway, concentrating on Attaway’s second and last novel. Provides valuable information about the...
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