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Frank Yerby (1916–1991)

Frank Garvin Yerby was born in Augusta, Georgia, on September 5th, 1916, the son of a black hotel doorman, Rufus Garvin Yerby and his white wife, Wilhelmina. He attended private elementary and high school, the Haines Institute, predominately black, and received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Paine College. He received a Master of Arts in ... See full bio »


(age 75) in Madrid, Spain

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 1965 The Gambler (novel "The Foxes of Harrow" - uncredited)
 1954 The Saracen Blade (novel)
 1952 The Golden Hawk (novel)
 1949 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- Pride's Castle (1949) ... (novel)
 1947 The Foxes of Harrow (novel)
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 1988 The House on Carroll Street ("Excerpts from 'A WOMAN CALLED FANCY'")

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5' 7" (1.7 m)

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I attend the Catholic church on the rare occasions that I go to church, but I am a member of no specific sect, although I consider myself a Christian in a vague sort of way. I belong to no political party. I vote for the man and the issue, regardless of party lines. See more »


African-American best-selling author of action-filled romantic period fiction. Yerby's short story "Health Card" won a special O. Henry Memorial Award for a first published short story in 1944. His first novel, The Foxes of Harrow, was incredibly successful; published in 1946, by the end of the year it had sold over a million copies. He went on to publish 31 more novels. In the latter half of his... See more »

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