Frank Yerby (Frank Garvin Yerby)

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Augusta, Georgia, USA
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 English from Fisk University in 1938, yet it would be close to seven years before his first story, "Health Card", winner of the O. Henry Memorial Award for best first published short story in 1944, started him on his career. Read more...