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Frank Yerby and the Myth of White Southern Womanhood, Part 2

Over the past couple of posts, I have written about the way that Frank Yerby challenges stereotypes and the Cult of True Womanhood in The Dahomean (1971) and A Darkness at Ingraham’s Crest (1979). Today, I want to conclude this discussion by briefly highlighting the ways that Yerby constructs his African, African American, and mixed-race female characters in these two novels as counters to … Read More Frank Yerby and the Myth of White Southern Womanhood, Part 2

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Frank Yerby and the Myth of White Southern Womanhood

As mentioned in my recent post on Gillian (1960), Frank Yerby challenges the myth of Southern womanhood in his works. While I did not discuss how he does that in Gillian, I want to explore how he shatters the myth in A Darkness at Ingraham’s Crest (1979), the follow up to his 1971 book The Dahomean. While The Dahomean chronicles Hwesu’s life in Africa, … Read More Frank Yerby and the Myth of White Southern Womanhood

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Intersecting Cultures in Frank Yerby’s “The Dahomean” and “A Darkness at Ingraham’s Crest”

Frank Yerby’s The Dahomean (1971) stands, to many, as the author’s best novel. (It also goes by The Man from Dahomey. My edition has this title.) ¬†Still set in the past, like most of Yerby’s other works, The Dahomean¬†differs from his previous novels because it focuses on black characters, specifically African characters. Speak Now (1968) does center on an African American expatriate in France. … Read More Intersecting Cultures in Frank Yerby’s “The Dahomean” and “A Darkness at Ingraham’s Crest”

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The Convict Lease System in Frank Yerby’s “Gillian”

Frank Yerby’s Gillian (1960) deals, thematically, with the idea of manhood and the mythological ideals surrounding white Southern Womanhood. Gillian MacAllister and Hero Farnsworth shatter the virginal, innocent idea of white Southern Womanhood while Michael Ames challenges ideas of manhood. While these themes are at the forefront of Gillian,  there are, as usual with Yerby, racial aspects that swim just beneath the surface. Gillian, … Read More The Convict Lease System in Frank Yerby’s “Gillian”

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Frank Yerby’s “White Magnolias”

On a recent trip to New Orleans, I stopped by Librairie Bookshop on Chartres and picked up four Frank Yerby paperbacks: The Saracen Blade (1952), Gillian (1960), The Man from Dahomey (1971), and A Darkness at Ingraham’s Crest (1979). Since then, I have been delving, in earnest, into Yerby’s oeuvre, one that includes thirty three novels. I’ve written about his first novel The Foxes … Read More Frank Yerby’s “White Magnolias”