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Paul Laurence Dunbar was "the most promising young colored man" in nineteenth-century America, according to Frederick Douglass, and subsequently became one of the most controversial. His plantation lyrics, written while he was an elevator boy in Ohio, established Dunbar as the premier writer of dialect poetry and garnered him international recognition. More than a vernacular lyricist, Dunbar was also a master of classical poetic forms, and helped demonstrate to post-Civil War America that literary genius did not ...
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Overview

Paul Laurence Dunbar was "the most promising young colored man" in nineteenth-century America, according to Frederick Douglass, and subsequently became one of the most controversial. His plantation lyrics, written while he was an elevator boy in Ohio, established Dunbar as the premier writer of dialect poetry and garnered him international recognition. More than a vernacular lyricist, Dunbar was also a master of classical poetic forms, and helped demonstrate to post-Civil War America that literary genius did not solely reside in artists of European descent. William Dean Howells called Dunbar's acclaimed dialect poems "evidence of the essential unity of the human race, which does not think or feel black in one and white in another, but humanly in all."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486153544
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,342,955
  • File size: 447 KB

Meet the Author

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872—1906) was born to two former slaves. While working as an elevator operator, he published his first poetry collection. His second collection in 1895 thrust him into the national spotlight and garnered praise from the white and black elite. He ultimately produced twelve books of poetry, several stories and plays, and five novels.

Herbert Woodward Martin is a professor at the University of Dayton. He is an active fan and promoter of Dunbar's work.

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Table of Contents

Ere Sleep Comes Down to Soothe the Weary Eyes
Accountability
Life
An Ante-Bellum Sermon
Ode to Ethiopia
The Mystery
Not They Who Soar
A Banjo Song
Unexpressed
Song of Summer
Religion
The Colored Soldiers
When De Co'n Pone's Hot
Discovered
A Summer's Night
Ships That Pass in the Night
We Wear the Mask
A Negro Love Song
If
Signs of the Times
Why Fades a Dream?
When Malindy Sings
The Party
Her Thought and His
The Right to Die
Behind the Arras
A Hymn
Sympathy
Little Brown Baby
Lover's Lane
My Sort O'Man
A Death Song
Dely
A Letter
A Cabin Tale
How Lucy Backslid
Dinah Kneading Dough
The Poet
Black Samson of Brandywine
Douglass
Slow Through the Dark
Philosophy
On the Dedication of Dorothy Hall
To the South
The Haunted Oak
The Unsung Heroes
Resignation
Robert Gould Shaw
Life's Tragedy
Compensation
When Dey 'Listed Colored Soldiers
De Way T'ings Come
Temptation
A Plea
Chrismus on the Plantation
Theology
Li'l' Gal
The Old Cabin
Angelina
Weltschmerz
Misapprehension
A Plantation Melody
Possum
Parted
Right's Security
Worn Out
Silence
A Song
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