Bone, Robert A. The Negro Novel in America. Rev. ed. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1965. A general survey of black novels. Bone dismisses Yerby as the “prince of pulpsters.”
Glasrud, Bruce. “‘The Fishes and the Poet’s Hands’: Frank Yerby, a Black Author in White America.” Journal of American and Comparative Cultures 23 (Winter, 2000): 15-21. A profile of Yerby that compares his lack of scholarly attention to the situation of Chester Himes.
Hemenway, Robert, ed. The Black Novelist. Columbus, Ohio: Merrill, 1970. Darwin Turner comments on Yerby’s “painful groping for meaning” behind a “soap-opera façade.”
Klotman, Phyllis. “A Harrowing Experience: Frank Yerby’s First Novel to Film.” College Language Association Journal 31 (December, 1987): 210-222. Focuses on the changes made to Yerby’s story when The Foxes of Harrow was adapted to the screen.
Mendelson, Phyllis Carmel, and Dedria Bryfonski, eds. Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol 7. Detroit: Gale Research, 1977. Contains excerpts of positive criticism about Yerby’s use of racial themes.
Metzger, Linda, and Deborah A. Straub, eds. Contemporary Authors. New Revision Series 16. Detroit: Gale Research, 1986. A sympathetic look at Yerby’s work. Also contains an interview with the novelist.
Ryan, Bryan. Major Twentieth-Century Authors. Detroit: Gale Research, 1991. Contains a brief entry on Yerby.