The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar

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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 ...

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Overview

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."

University of Virginia Press

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**** 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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813914381
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1993
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 720,814
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.09 (d)

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.

University of Virginia Press

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.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar
Lyrics of Lowly Life 1
Lyrics of the Hearthside 87
Humour and Dialect 127
Lyrics of Love and Laughter 161
Lyrics of Love and Sorrow 229
Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow 233
Miscellaneous 273
Added Poems 291
Appendix: Variants of Poems in The Complete Poems (1913) 347
Bibliography 367
Index of Titles of Poems in 1913 Edition 371
Index of Titles of Added Poems 379
Index of First Lines of Poems in 1913 Edition 381
Index of First Lines of Added Poems 395
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    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.

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