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Rediscovering Frank Yerby: Critical Essays

Matthew Teutsch

Abstract

During his career, Frank Yerby wrote 33 novels, numerous short stories, and poetry, making him one of the most prolific and financially successful African American authors of all time. However, while some critics such as Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps initially praised Yerby, many began to become frustrated with his lack of overt engagement with segregation and racial oppression in his work and personal statements. Infamously, Robert Bone called Yerby “the prince of the pulpsters” in his 1958 The Negro Novel in America. Reconsidering Frank Yerby positions Yerby within the African American l ... More

Keywords: pulp fiction, debunker of myths, African American literary tradition, segregation, deconstruction of race

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781496827821
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2021 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827821.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Teutsch, editor
Piedmont College

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