William Attaway

#172983
Most Popular
Boost
Birthday
19, 1911
Birthplace
Mississippi
Death Date
Jun 17, 1986 (74)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
19, 1911
Birthplace
Mississippi
Death Date
Jun 17, 1986 (74)

About

An African-American songwriter, fiction writer, and playwright, he is known for his 1941 novel, Blood on the Forge, and for his 1957 work, Calypso Song Book. His early works include Carnival and Let Me Breathe Thunder.

Before Fame

He was a tennis champion at the University of Illinois. After graduating from college, he settled in New York.

Trivia

He spent his last years working in Los Angeles as a screenwriter.

Family Life

He and his Caucasian wife, Frances, were married in 1962. To escape American racial prejudice, they settled in Barbados with their two children.

Associated With

As a young man, Attaway read a poem by Langston Hughes and was inspired to become a writer.