Yellow Rose of Texas

The Myth of Emily Morgan

Graphic Novel Edition


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About the Book

Yellow Rose of Texas: The Myth of Emily Morgan tells the fact based story of the African-American woman who inspired the world famous folk song. In this graphic novel the adventures of Emily Morgan reveal the Texas war for independence through the eyes of a black woman who survived the Alamo and played an important part in winning the war. While the story of Texas is told with attention to historical detail, the story of Emily is elevated to a romantic myth.

About the Author(s)

Douglas Brode is a novelist, screenwriter, playwright, film historian, and award winning journalist. He teaches courses on various popular culture subjects at the Newhouse School of Public Communications, Department of Radio, TV and Film, at Syracuse University. The author of more than 35 books on the visual and performing arts, he regularly appears on national radio and TV shows as a special guest.

Joe Orsak is a graphic artist from Syracuse, New York. He traveled the world as a youth, graduating from high school in Rome. He returned to the States for a degree from Syracuse University in 1974. While working in advertising he developed newspaper strips, comic books and graphic novels.

Bibliographic Details

Written by Douglas Brode

Illustrated by Joe Orsak

Format: softcover (7 x 10), graphic novel
Pages: 144
Bibliographic Info: full color illustrations
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4520-2
eISBN: 978-0-7864-6200-1
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “The story of Texas is told with attention to historic detail…the full color illustrations by Joe Orsak are very nicely done and he is an excellent artist/illustrator. This book has an ‘EXCELLENT+’ rating”—The Lone Star
  • “I greatly enjoyed this graphic novel which tells the foundation myth of Texas in an appropriately traditional and direct fashion. It’s very easy to imagine it as a John Ford western. In the love story of Emily Morgan and Deaf Smith, we are presented with a story of hope overcoming prejudice”—SF Site