Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood

by William Hanley
     
 

As described by the Washington, D.C. Evening Star: "Here was the family of an aging steelworker, living in a New York tenement about to be torn down, getting ready to mark the departure of his brother and the arrival of a new year�The steelworker, a happy-go-lucky type all his life, was not quick to anger. He was troubled by his brother's departure after all these… See more details below

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As described by the Washington, D.C. Evening Star: "Here was the family of an aging steelworker, living in a New York tenement about to be torn down, getting ready to mark the departure of his brother and the arrival of a new year�The steelworker, a happy-go-lucky type all his life, was not quick to anger. He was troubled by his brother's departure after all these years; the family was falling apart. He questioned himself, too, and his part in the death of a young steelworker. Were old memories good enough? He had lost one son in a war, another had lost both hands in battle and the shock had curtailed his mind. Was he good enough any more for the job he loved? The brother was leaving to die, but unwilling to leave without taking something with him that was his. So after a few drinks he revealed, to the youngest daughter (Kim Darby) that he was really her father and that it had happened when he and her mother thought her husband dead in a shipwreck�The girl, shocked by the revelation, runs out into the night and it is her all-night absence which author Hanley employs to develop his mosaic of the accommodations that people make in order to survive as a unit."

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago American
...an intense, absorbing play...
Chicago Daily News
...a compassionate drama about a close-knit family that undergoes a searing, self-revelatory experience.
Washington D.C. Evening Star
The aim was high, the execution was simply superb.

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ISBN-13:
9780822204084
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1968

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