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“Rediscovering Frank Yerby” Introduction

If you have been following my blog over the past few years, you have seen a lot of my work on Frank Yerby. That work has led to the publication of Rediscovering Frank Yerby: Critical Essays, a collection of essays that seeks to, as the title says, rediscover and reorient Yerby within the African American and American literary tradition. Pubisher’s Weekly review of the … Read More “Rediscovering Frank Yerby” Introduction


Reconstruction and Whiteness in Frank Yerby’s “The Vixens”

In “How and Why I Write the Costume Novel” (1959), Frank Yerby discusses what he terms the “costume novel,” a novel that is essentially “light, pleasant fiction.” Rather than working to persuade his readers and protest social injustice, Yerby states that his job as a novelist “is to entertain. If he aspires to instruct, or to preach, he has chosen his profession unwisely.” While … Read More Reconstruction and Whiteness in Frank Yerby’s “The Vixens”