The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar

The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar

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by Paul Laurence Dunbar, Joanne M. Braxton
     
 

This new "most complete" edition of the collected poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar, the virtual father of black American poetry, includes sixty poems not included in the previous—and now out of print—Complete Poems. Sixteen of these were found in manuscript form.

Paul Laurence Dunbar's work achieved wide recognition in the first part of the twentieth

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This new "most complete" edition of the collected poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar, the virtual father of black American poetry, includes sixty poems not included in the previous—and now out of print—Complete Poems. Sixteen of these were found in manuscript form.

Paul Laurence Dunbar's work achieved wide recognition in the first part of the twentieth century. The author of six volumes of poetry, as well as novels, librettos, songs, and essays, he was nationally known and accepted by black and white readers alike.

As Joanne M. Braxton points out in her substantive introduction to this edition, a reconsideration of Dunbar's work and influence is long overdue: "We reclaim, in Paul Laurence Dunbar, a significant American author whose career transcends race and locality even while he makes use of racialized and regional cultural materials to create an African-American aesthetic and a unique black poetic diction."

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Booknews
**** The Complete Poems (Dodd, Mead & Co., 1913) is cited in BCL3. This UPV edition includes, in addition to added material, the text of that 1913 edition (presumed to have been complete at the time). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813914381
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
05/29/1993
Pages:
396
Sales rank:
1,309,610
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Joanne M. Braxton is Frances and Edwin L. Cummings Professor of American Studies and English at the College of William and Mary and the author of Black Women Writing Autobiography: A Tradition within a Tradition.

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Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Laughingman004 More than 1 year ago
The original source for the line "I know why the Caged bird sings" this is a powerful selection of poems that need to be read, especially in the current time.