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Frank Yerby's first novel, The Foxes of Harrow, established him as a writer and launched a forty-nine-year career in which he published thirty-three novels. He also became the first African American writer to sell more than a million copies of his work and to have a book adapted into a movie by a Hollywood studio. He garnered legions of loyal fans of his writing. Yet, few know that Yerby began his writing career with the publication of a short story in his school newspaper in 1936, the first of nine stories he would publish in the 1930s and '40s. Most stories appeared in small journals and magazines and were largely forgotten once he started writing novels.This groundbreaking collection gives readers access to an intriguingly diverse selection of Yerby's short fiction. The stories collected here, eleven of which have never previously been published, paint a picture of Yerby as an intellectual who thought deeply about several philosophical questions at the center of understanding what it means to be human. The stories also reveal him as an artist committed to exploring a range of human drives, longings, conflicts, and passions, from the quirky to the serious, and in a variety of writing styles. With an attention to historical detail, voice, and character that he became known for, these stories give us new insights into this important African American writer who dared to believe he could earn a living as a writer.
|Publication date:||30th May 2020|
|Author:||Veronica T. Watson|
|Publisher:||University Press of Mississippi|
|Categories:||Short stories, Literary studies: general, Ethnic studies, Literary companions, book reviews & guides,|
Veronica T. Watson is professor of English and director of the literature and criticism program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is coeditor of Unveiling Whiteness in the 21st Century: Global Manifestations, Transdisciplinary Interventions, editor of The Short Stories of Frank Yerby, and author of The Souls of White Folk: African American Writers Theorize Whiteness, the latter two published by University Press of Mississippi.More About Veronica T. Watson