Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Frank Yerby: Perhaps New to You but Not to Your Grandparents
Frank Yerby (1916-1991) wrote 33 novels during his literary career, ranging from The Foxes of Harrow in 1946, perhaps the title for which he is best known (if he's remembered at all), to the all-but-forgotten McKenzie's Hundred in 1985.
More biographical information is found in the The New Georgia Encyclopedia.
Yerby's books made regular appearances on the New York Times fiction best seller lists from the mid-1940s through the 1950s.
You won't find many of his books on library shelves anymore. For Frank Yerby, it's slim pickin's in the South Central Library System LINKcat database, which contains the holdings of 49 member public libraries. (If I were still a Middleton Public Library employee, I could tell you how often they've circulated.)