Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), the father of African-American Letters, remains an inspiration for writers, painters, sculptors, composers, and choreographers today. Famous for poems such as “We Wear the Mask” and “Sympathy” (the first line of which became the title for Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings), Dunbar during his brief life wrote novels, short stories, lyrics, plays, and civil rights essays as well. His talent and ambition carried him from elevator boy to international prominence as a performer and spokesperson for justice. Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask explores his relationships with luminaries such as William Dean Howells, Frederick Douglass, and Booker T. Washington, his stormy marriage, the tension between his dialect and standard poetry, and the multiple cultural legacies he left behind.Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask is a production of the Central Region Humanities Center at Ohio University, an institute devoted to teaching, research, and public programming on cultures of the states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
|Publisher:||Ohio University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months to 18 Years|
About the Author
Frederick Lewis (producer, writer, director), Associate Professor of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University, is a veteran director and producer of fictional and non-fictional videos, most notably Rockwell Kent, a 2007 documentary on the artist, writer, and adventurer.
Joseph W. Slade (producer, script editor, executive producer), Emeritus Professor of Media Arts and Studies and Emeritus Director of the Central Region Humanities Center at Ohio University, is the author or editor of seven books and dozens of articles on literature, film, technology, and culture.