Yerby, Frank (1916-1991)

The Frank Yerby collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and printed material.

Manuscripts for novels by Yerby in the collection (all published by Dial Press, except where noted) include The Foxes of Harrow (1946); The Golden Hawk (1948); Pride’s Castle (1949); Floodtide (1950); A Woman Called Fancy (1951); The Saracen Blade (1952); The Devil’s Laughter (1953); Bride of Liberty (Doubleday, 1954); Benton’s Row (1954); The Treasure of Pleasant Valley (1955); Captain Rebel (1956); Fairoaks (1957); The Serpent and the Staff (1958); Jarrett’s Jade (1959); The Founders (late 1950s, unpublished); Gillian (1960); The Garfield Honor (1961); Griffin’s Way (1962); Old Gods Laugh (1964); The Nature of Love (1965, unpublished); Sanctity (1965); Goat Song (1968); Judas My Brother (1968); The Dahomean (1971); The Girl From Storyville (1972); The Voyage Unplanned (1974); Tobias and the Angel (1975); A Rose for Ana Maria (1976); Hail the Conquering Hero (1977); A Darkness at Ingraham’s Crest (1979); Devilseed (Doubleday, 1984); and McKenzie’s Hundred (Doublday, 1985). Manuscripts by Yerby for unpublished works with uncertain dates include The Tents of Sham ; Doom Grandison (also called The Grandisons ); Deep Song ; Ignoble Victory ; The Core is Flame ; and other works.

Manuscripts for television by Yerby include Destination Danger, a television idea for which Yerby wrote some material; and County Sheriff, a proposed television series for which there are six draft sections. Also present in the collection are over forty early poems by Yerby, some written in high school; these are accompanied by letters to and from Yerby's sister. Two of Yerby's poems were published in Challenge magazine in May, 1935.

Correspondence in the collection consists of just a few letters (1959-1966). Notable correspondence includes a letter from Langston Hughes, two letters from Jane Wilson, and some letters to and from Yerby's sister.

Printed material in the collection consists of some clippings regarding Yerby, some articles about religion, and a book jacket for Speak Now .
Notable Figures
1. Yerby, Frank, 1916-1991
Associated Subjects
1. African American Collections -- Novels Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide