While Yerby's philosophical convictions permeate all of his novels, they are nowhere more prominent than in two of his most important novels, An Odor of Sanctity
and Judas, My Brother.
The Odor of Sanctity
centers on Peter Albright, a priest and psychiatrist.
Nonetheless, for five days it remained uncorrupted and redolent of the odor of sanctity
, despite the blazing summer heat.
Rather than simplemindedly protesting the dumb sacrifice of laboratory animals, San Guinefort seems to invest technology with the odor of sanctity
, and the animal with sacrificial power.
Even more devastating for those who would wrap her in the odor of sanctity
, she consciously resisted formal creeds of any kind, and said and did things that would annoy just about every part of the current political spectrum.
Beginning with the popular The Foxes of Harrow (1946), a historical melodrama set in the antebellum South, he produced a steady stream of historical, or " costume, " novels, among them An Odor of Sanctity
(1965), set in medieval Spain; Goat Song (1968), set in ancient Greece; and Judas, My Brother (1968), set at the time of Jesus.
Nor do destructive fires set on Devil's Night, the eve of Halloween, have any odor of sanctity