That same year he also became the first African American to have a book purchased for screen adaptation by a Hollywood studio when 20th Century Fox optioned Foxes. "Subversive Romanticism Haitian Specters in Yerby’s The Golden Hawk" (UnpubliFrank Yerbyd manuscript of conference paper) http://www. Novelist
Yerby was originally noted for writing romance novels set in the Antebellum South.
Frank Garvin Yerby ((1916-09-05)September 5 1916 – November 29 1991(1991-11-29)) was an African-American historical novelist. He is best known as the first African-American writer to become a millionaire from his pen and to have a book purchased by a Hollywood studio for a film adaptation.