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Frank Yerby and the “Costume Drama” of Southern Historiography

Stephanie Brown

in The Postwar African American Novel: Protest and Discontent, 1945-1950

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739732
eISBN:
9781604739749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739732.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter focuses on Frank Yerby and his debut novel The Foxes of Harrow, which shows his lack of commitment to Wright’s blueprint. Its cover alone suggests the irrelevance of further discussion ... More


The Postwar African American Novel: Protest and Discontent, 1945-1950

Stephanie Brown

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739732
eISBN:
9781604739749
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739732.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Americans in the World War II era bought the novels of African American writers in unprecedented numbers. However, the names on the books lining shelves and filling barracks trunks were not the ... More


Overstuffed and Undercooked: The Film Adaptation of Frank Yerby’s the Foxes of Harrow

Matthew Teutsch

in Rediscovering Frank Yerby: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781496827821
eISBN:
9781496827876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496827821.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Published in 1946, Frank Yerby’s The Foxes of Harrow sold over 500,000 copies within its first two months; the novel’s sales numbers led to a film adaptation by Twentieth Century Fox the following ... More


Reconstructing Racial Perception

Mark C. Jerng

in Racial Worldmaking: The Power of Popular Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823277759
eISBN:
9780823280544
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823277759.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter interprets Frank Yerby, one of the most successful African American historical romance writers in U.S. publication history, in relation to the conjunction of plantation romance and ... More


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